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.