Whew! Where has the time gone? It feels as it if was just February and I was prepping for the last weeks of my internships, Dance Marathon, the Women’s Leadership Conference, Dream Outside the Box at Benton Elementary, Orientation and more. I have made so many memories in the past two months and I could not be more than grateful for the opportunities this title has brought for in my life. I have seen so many changes in myself mentally, spiritually, and physically since September!
Since Jan 1 I have had consistent workouts with a trainer in Saint Louis and now that I am back taking classes at Mizzou a trainer in our Rec. For 10 weeks John (my trainer) and I had bi-weekly 6am workouts and wow did I see results fast! Now at Mizzou I have incorporated hot yoga to my regimen, strength workouts, and HITT cardio. However you are what you eat and following a diet has been incorporated as well! My favorite part about my new healthy living? Inspiring my friends to do the same! Together we track our workouts on Fit-o-cracy and our meals on myfitnesspal. I’d encourage everyone to do the same and watch your energy and attitude skyrocket exponentially! Remember it’s not about being “skinny” it’s about being HEALTHY!
Orientation also occurred in March in Mexico Missouri. As a rookie to this Pageant system it was definitely a new experience for me. It was very exciting to meet the other contestants and introduce myself. I am thrilled to have selected Alpha Group Contestant Number 7 as my position in the lottery. For those who may not know this means that I will interview the Tuesday of MissMO Week, compete in On Stage Question and Evening Wear Wednesday, Talent on Thursday, and Swimwear Friday. The top 11 contestants (yes, 11) will then compete on Saturday night. That being said there is a new spin to Miss Missouri this year….*drumroll please*….a People’s Choice Contestant..i.e Contestant number 11! Please, Please, Please help me to be one step closer to my goal of representing Missouri within the Miss America Organization this year! (http://www.missmissouri.org/vote.asp)
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My Official Miss Missouri Headshot
Wow! So this week was very humbling for me. Last Monday I was recognized on the steps of Jesse Hall at the University Missouri as a Mizzou ’39 honoree. Mizzou ’39 seeks to recognize 39 of Mizzou’s Most Outstanding seniors. Per the Alumni Association Website
In the spirit of service that was the cornerstone of the 1839 founding of the University of Missouri, each year the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board presents the Mizzou ’39 Award to 39 outstanding seniors. Chosen for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to Mizzou and the community, the honorees represent a variety of majors, activities, and organizations from across campus. Additionally, each winner has chosen to recognize an outstanding faculty or staff member who has advised and guided them throughout their college career.”
I traveled back to Mizzou two weeks ago for the interview and anxiously awaited the feedback. I was ecstatic to receive word from the Alumni Association of my selection. But my reveal wasn’t where the fun ended. On Saturday I went to my FIRST ever college basketball game to see our Mizzou Tigers take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Joined by my dad and two cousins it was quite the game, Phil Pressey broke the collegiate assist record, Mizzou beat Ole’ Miss AND I was recognized on court with my fellow 39ers. Talk about a first basketball game! Haha. Later that night my mom, Dad, and I attended the Mizzou 39 banquet. It was a lovely evening and I was honored to receive my 39 pin. Though I will not technically graduate in 2013 since I am pursuing my Master’s in the 5 year program I was amazed at how the time has flown. My collegiate career is swiftly coming to pass but I still have so much more to do!
Immediately after leaving IHOP I joined my chapter for our Art of Giving Event. Students had a great time making crafts for our MU Women’s and Children Hospital!
Wow, I cannot believe I have not posted since October. With the New Year upon us I am thoroughly excited to continue my reign as your Miss Boone County 2013. In the past months I have had the opportunity to continue promoting my platform Dreaming Big, Dreaming Different through organization Dream Outside the Box, volunteer in my hometown, and begin to develop my career. Over Christmas break I specifically volunteered at a girls home baking cookies, wrapped presents for the less fortunate, and on Christmas Day delivered meals to seniors. Monday was my first day in the office at PwC Saint Louis where I will Intern in Tax for the beginning half of the semester. It was quite the morning as I had just flown in only at 8:40 AM! This past week I spent in Houston Texas as a part of a week -long training for my internship, at its conclusion I immediately flew to Washington DC to celebrate my sorority Delta Sigma Theta’s 100th anniversary celebration. Those who know me are aware that I hold Delta near and dear to my heart, being the leader of our newest initiates at the University of Missouri. Delta represents change and in this 100th year I am excited for what is to come. Did you know Miss America 2004 as well as 1994 are both members of my Sorority? Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service is what I stand for as a Delta woman and know that this only helps to facilitate my crossover in MAO to represent Style, Service, Success, and Scholarship. In addition, Dream Outside the Box will be channelling its STEM efforts in programming this year and I am beyond excited! Instead of posting individuals photos I have created a slideshow that I hope you will enjoy. Best! Maikieta.