The Start to a Miss Title in the MAO

This is just some insight into my first pageant in the Miss.America Organization and what it brought to me. It also includes what I hope to get out of competing this season and in the future. Growing up, I always had an interest in competing in pageants but never had the self confidence to actually get on stage. I finally decided to compete this past spring and was nervous from the second I dropped my paperwork into the mail. Little did I know I was in for the ride of a lifetime.

I showed up to the first rehearsal and knew absolutely nobody. I was dreading being the “new girl.” However, all the Miss contestants were so friendly and welcoming. Every rehearsal I felt more and more confident on stage. This was a confidence that I had never really experienced before and once I started feeling that way I couldn’t really kick it. Even in my everyday life, I started feeling better about myself.

Sharing leadership with the world was a huge reason why I loved competing. Not only in my platform but also in my talent, I got to show the judges and audience my true passion. The amount of influence and pure bliss I felt while giving my leadership-based monologue on stage was close to life changing. The fact that I had the courage to go up there in front of an auditorium of people and share something I love was unbelievably empowering.

This organization is so much more than the ordinary person would expect. It revolves around instilling confidence in women and girls. The promotion of friendship and family like atmosphere drew me in and is a fantastic part of getting involved. The organization prides itself on being the largest provider of scholarships to girls in the world, that is truly amazing. We also have donated over $15 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 10 short years. Being someone going into pediatric medicine, that fills my heart with happiness. To help the cause feel free to visit my donation page http://missamericaforkids.org/Donate/savannahrf. This will not only help sick children but help me continue to compete.

Although I didn’t win and I experienced some technical difficulties at my first pageant, I don’t regret anything that happened that evening. I learned more than I could ever imagined and will never forgot the feelings I had that night. It is so thrilling knowing this isn’t the end. My next pageant is in just a couple weeks followed by another one next month. I truly can’t wait to get back on stage and try my hardest to show those judges all I have to offer. I hope this season to really get a grip of what competing is like and what it will take to make a difference in someone’s life if I were to win. My journey to a Miss title has just begun and I can’t wait to see all that this organization brings to my life.

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2016

This year was nothing short of crazy. Thinking back it is hard to believe it all happened in 365 short days.

The beginning of the year started at Central Michigan. I wasn’t where I wanted to be in my life so I decided to transfer to Wayne State pretty early into the year. However, I did decide to make the most of the time I had left at Central.

In March, I was offered the opportunity to be the Assistant Director of an organization called Pack Your Back. With lots of struggles and happy tears, we donated 500 filled backpacks to children in Flint. I am so proud to say that I helped the education of so many young minds.

I made the well thought of decision to transfer to Wayne State, I started in August and instantly knew I had made the right choice. I have loved (almost) every minuted of it since!

My Greek Life journey started in September when I rushed and accepted a bid from Kappa Delta. It has been more than I could have ever asked for. I have been lucky enough to be chosen for 6 different positions including Leadership Chair and Member Selection Committee. I can not wait for all the adventures with my great sisters to come.

 

Growing up a Fraser in Fraser

Fraser has always been something very important to me. Whether it was talking about my last name or my school district. I have so much pride in growing up in such a great community.

Fort Fraser- Anyone that grew up in Fraser spent many summer days at this park. Whether it was playing soccer or climbing through the wooden jungle gym.

Fraser Fair- This is the only thing that happens in Fraser every year so it is a huge deal. For four days everyone in the town comes together at the park mentioned above. The fair is usually hosted in mid-July. The weekend include a city parade with tons of different organizations and a fireworks show. Good luck finding anywhere to sit or park for the fire works because it is practically a local holiday.

El Charros- The “fancy” restaurant within the city limits. We have all celebrated at least one birthday there (if not more). Every Friday and Saturday I can guarantee you the parking lot and lobby will be packed with people laughing and chatting.

Meijer- Never go here looking like a bum. I have learned this the hard way. You can’t make a trip without seeing at least a handful of people you know… even at 2 am (trust me on this one).

Fraser High School sports- We may not have been great at every sport but we played hard. The town always packed in for the soccer, basketball, and especially the football team. The stands were always filled with fans cheering on the Ramblers.

FPAC- We are lucky enough to have an amazing performing arts program at FHS. We have been nationally recognized for many years and continuously win gold medals at festivals.

Our school district- We are actually one of the smallest school districts in the county. We have 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. We pretty much all grew up together. Everyone knows everyone’s parents, cousins, and life story. A lot of families have had generations attend FPS.

Fraser Soccer Club- If you grew up in Fraser, you played for Fraser Soccer Club at some point. Whether that was U6 as a little tot or on a successful travel team. Soccer is very popular due to the commitment of the volunteers. Every year they host a 3 vs 3 tournament that is so much fun. The majority of the club creates an endless amount of teams to play short, competitive games all day long. This day includes a lot of friends, food, and of course soccer games.

Hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the place I call home. I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else.

Hello to Goodbye

I wanted to go to Central Michigan University so badly. I was so excited to go off on my own and be independent. CMU is three hours away from my house and in August I would’ve said that it was still too close. This year was nothing like I expected. I am not going to lie and say I loved it because I didn’t. However, with struggles come lessons.

  1. Family is everything. I couldn’t wait to get away from my family. I didn’t really get along with them very well. Three teenagers living in one house is a lot of hormones! There was common attitudes and bickering. I was so excited to get away from them. Now I would do anything to see my siblings every day. We were much closer than I ever realized. I missed them more than I didn’t miss them. My mom is a single mom and I am the oldest so we are really close. She has been my rock this year and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.
  2. Make the best out of situations. Fairly early into the school year I became very unhappy. My grades weren’t great, I wasn’t making friends, and I missed my family. First semester was one of the lowest parts of my life. I was counting down the days until winter break. While I was on break I did realize something. I had to go back, that wasn’t a question(at that point). I wasn’t thrilled but I had to make the best of it. When I got back to school I decided I was going to try to be happier. It worked for a while but I slowly slipped back down. I always tried to remind myself that it could be a lot worse.

  3. I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. My year at CMU was no different. While I was here I realized what I valued and what I truly cared about. Not everything about this year was bad. I met some absolutely amazing people who are going to change the world. I was blessed to learn so much in the classroom that is going to benefit me as I continue my journey to saving lives.
  4. Don’t be afraid to be passionate. One great thing about college is most people have a passion. Something that they really care about. While I have been here I realized who cares what people think. If I truly care about something I need to stand up for it no matter.

Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem.

My posts are usually pretty upbeat and light but this is something very important and dear to my heart. Today is the 5 year anniversary of when my entire life was turned upside down. I remember the day like it was yesterday but it also feels like they have been gone for so long. When I woke up on April 18, 2011 it was like every other day little did I know from that day on I would be a different person.

My entire family came and picked me up from cheer practice and I knew something wasn’t right. My dad muttered the words and I was in denial. He said that my uncle decided to take his life but not only his own but he took the lives of my aunt and my cousin. Having to hear something like this in 8th grade changed me. I was speechless, this couldn’t be right. I didn’t talk for hours. I just cried. After a while I walked to my bestfriend’s house and explained everything. My two bestfriends were there and I will never forget their faces when I told them. They may not have understood but they did their best to be there for me. I will always be grateful for that.

Going to school the next day was almost as bad. I come from a smaller town and almost everyone had seen it on the breaking news the day before. I spent most of that day in the counselor center or office crying. I felt like everyone was just starring at me. Thankfully my friends were really supportive and did the best they could to help me out.

This event made me grow up a lot. I was a very carefree, almost selfish person before. My entire demeanor changed. After a few weeks of grieving, I realized I couldn’t change what happened. I could only accept it. This is when I decided I would advocate for suicide awareness so nobody else ever had to deal with what I had to. For my 8th grade capstone, I did a video about suicide and how prevalent it is in this country. I included a bunch of different hotlines and I pray that they helped someone.

God put you on this earth for a reason. The same God that created the sun, earth, and sky believed that the world needed you. You are important and loved. You would be missed.

I pray that I can show people not to solve a temporary problem with a permanent solution.

Suicide Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255

Pack your Back

Yesterday, I was asked to help create a non-profit organization. We are called Pack your Back and we are committed to collecting school supplies for cities in crisis. The current water crisis in Flint has created the need for many things besides water. These families are extremely poor. The poverty rate is 42% compared to the national average of 14%. So not only are these people being deprived of water but the majority of them are below the poverty line.

School supplies are something many of us take for granted. Every summer we get excited to go to the local Target and stock up on pencils and folders and think nothing of it. For many kids in Flint this isn’t the case. These families don’t have the money to buy food let alone schools supplies. Supplies are essential for the learning and success of students. It can hinder their learning and could be quite embarrassing to some students.

Right now we are at the very beginning of this huge project. We are creating volunteer positions and finding collection locations. We are also working on sponsorships so we can become an official non-profit organization. Our website is in the process of being improved and filling with information very quickly.

Long term we want to expand to a nation wide organization. We hope to help other cities as unfortunate disasters happen. For now we are helping Flint because it is close to home. All of the directors, including myself, are from Michigan. We all know at least someone from the Flint area. This is something we are all passionate about and hope to find others who want to help our cause.

Pre LAS in the D Service Trip

This upcoming Friday, LAS will be heading down to Detroit. I am so ecstatic for this trip! We will start at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. This school is a public, charter school in Detroit started by Jalen Rose, former University of Michigan “Fab Five” player. We will be doing leadership workshops and talking about college with the high schoolers. One of the most exciting part of this is it is during their spring break. This means the kids that are there, really want to be there. I am most looking forward to this part of the trip. I have never worked with kids like them before. I am really excited to see what they have to say about our service projects. I hope they want to get in the organizations that we are helping because that would be really cool.

Friday evening, we will be going to the DIA and getting dinner in Downtown. I love the feeling of being in Detroit. It is going to be interesting to see what the people who have never been there think of the city. It is such a culturally rich city and it will be awesome to show them all the new things happen down there.

On Saturday, we will be doing different service jobs through out the city. We will specifically be working with Cass Community Social Service. They are an organization dedicated to fighting the poverty of the city of Detroit. Some things that could really use some help in Detroit are the poverty epidemic and the lack of proper education. We will fortunately be able to make small impacts in both of these areas.

This trip is going to be such a great opportunity to serve a prosperous city.

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A photo I took over winter break while exploring Detroit.