Miss New York week is over, and I’m finally getting some time to catch up and reflect on the year I’ve had so far. This has been an incredible and busy year already, and I truly have so much to be thankful for.
My year started with a big move to Washington, DC where I interned with Revolution Messaging from January through May working on digital strategies for clients like Bernie Sanders. When I first got the news that I was being offered the internship, I had a lot of feelings. I had never lived in a city or lived alone before, and I was terrified - so terrified that I almost turned it down. But I took the plunge and moved into my tiny studio apartment at the beginning of January.
I still can’t totally put into words how awesome of a time I had in DC. I learned so much at the internship and made so many great connections, and I was just honored to be working on something that I so wholeheartedly believe in. I also made some great new friends and had some really interesting new experiences (thanks, Blair.) Mostly though, I proved to myself that I can do it - I can be alone and I can live in the city and I’m even occasionally kind of good at being an adult, and all of that makes graduating next year feel a lot less scary.
At the beginning of May, it was time for me to go and get ready for my next adventure - my second time competing for the title of Miss New York. I still had a lot of work to do, and those two weeks of prep and appearances and packing are all kind of a blur, but last Tuesday it was finally/suddenly time to leave and begin competition.
I think I’m still processing everything from the last week, but I really did have a blast and I’m so proud of myself for making it into the top 11 again. We had a great group of contestants this year and I’m so happy to say that I have 30 friends, some new and some old, all around the state. It’s not often that you stick 30 girls together in one place for a week and have them all come out friends, but somehow the Miss America Organization has the power to do that.
And now I’m here in Clifton Park visiting Riley. Next week I’ll be heading back to West Virginia for a bit to be a delegate in the Democratic Convention, and then I may have an exciting opportunity that would take me back to DC for a while, but the rest of my year is pretty uncertain and for now I’m okay with that.
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