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I feel like I was just writing about my first semester in college just last week, and now I have already come to the end of my entire first year of college! I can't believe how quickly the year has passed by. The year has been a whirlwind of new adventures and exciting opportunities with just a few hard times sprinkled here and there. I have grown exponentially throughout the past two semesters, made so many incredible memories, and met some of my favorite people in the world. For today's blog post, I want to reflect on this semester, and all of my favorite moments from it. 

4. SPRING BREAK WITH MY FAMILY. With my crazy schedule, I haven't had much family time this semester. My weekdays mostly consisted of programming until my eyes burned and then going to rehearsals. It was a tough semester, but I wouldn't trade these experiences for the world. However, during spring break, I was able to find a few days to explore my favorite city of Austin with my family. It was so nice to have a break from school and to get to see my parents and my little brother, Noah. I miss them all so much while I am away at school. 

3. ATLANTA WITH AMERICAN PAGEANTS. Some exciting changes happened to American Pageants in the past few months. One of these changes was the introduction of my baby sisters: Little Miss of America, Young Miss of America, and Junior Miss of America! As part of out prize packages, we had the opportunity to fly to Atlanta for an official photoshoot and tour of the city. It was a blast to hang out and go sightseeing with these amazing girls. They are truly special young ladies and I love that I get to spend this year with them.


2. SEYMOUR THE CANNIBAL. So as many of you might already know, I had the opportunity to assistant direct a play for the University Theatre Guild this semester, called Seymour the Cannibal. This experience was truly amazing, as I was able to grow so much creatively and leadership-wise. Theatre is my passion, and I love chances like this one that push me out of my comfort zone and allow me to grow my theatrical experience.I love the people that I met and have grown close to through this process, and I hope that I will one day get to direct my own show. 

1. My favorite memory of the semester isn't technically one memory, but instead a collection of them. My favorite part of this past semester was getting to just be  Miss Teen of America. I have made many appearances and I hope to make even more this summer. I hope that the seven-year-old Serena that first decided to participate in pageantry can look up to me and be proud of the titleholder I have become. 


Happy National Siblings Day! As it is such a special occasion, I would like to turn the spotlight away from myself and towards those who have supported me, provided me with endless amounts of laughter, and have been my shoulders to cry on throughout this entire process and throughout life in general, my siblings–both the one that is biological and those who have become like siblings to me throughout the years. All of these people are beyond special to me.

First is my little brother, Noah, my only biological sibling and my favorite person on the planet. Noah, thank you for being my partner in crime, sarcasm, and all things mischevious. We are quite the unstoppable duo with our wit, humor, and impeccible music taste. I miss you everyday I'm away at college, Bubba. I am so incredibly proud of the person you are becoming, bad puns and all. Thank you for being the Eliza to my Angelica Schuyler, even though you would definitely prefer to sing the Hamilton parts instead. I love you, Bub. 

Next, are all of my cousins. I have been fortunate enough to have been raised alongside my cousins, making us all (almost 30 of us) basically siblings. Thank you for all of the laughs and memories throughout the years–for doing my makeup, the late night heart to hearts, teaching me how to cook (kinda), and letting me practice my (almost nonexistant) photography skills on y'all. It has been a priveledge to grow up with y'all by my side. I could not image a childhood without all of our shenanegans. I love y'all.

I would like to thank my friends next, those who are not related to me at all, but still choose put up with me (you know who you are). You guys are my honorary brothers and sisters. From pageantry to theatre to school/college, I have met so many beautiful souls who have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am so thankful for you all and the endless love, support, and advice that you fill my life with. Thank you for continuously pushing me out of my comfort zone, whether it means convincing me to audition for that new play or draggin me on an adventure to the tippy top of the Taxas Capitol Building. I love y'all and all of the laughs and memories we have had together. 

I am beyond thankful to have so many amazing "siblings" impact my life in so many ways. They deserve so much more than a mere thank you in a blog post because they are constant providers of laughter, memories, and lessons learned. Thank you all for being a part of my life, despite whether of not you had a choice to be.