I started looking into just musical theatre programs in general, and I saw on Liberty’s website that in 2018 they were going to be launching a brand-new BFA program in musical theatre. It was everything that I wanted out of a school. And I was like, “Hmm… I’ve always wanted to go to Liberty, and it just didn’t work out. Is God gonna take care of this?” And He did!
We were able to afford it this time around living off campus. And then, that’s why I did the Miss Virginia competition. Because, the scholarship. I ended up winning $20,000 that night I won Miss Virginia.
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That serving that I learned in church and in my community while I was here in Liberty, all of that encompasses what the Miss America organization is pushing which is well-rounded individuals who want to make a difference in their community, and the Miss America organization is giving them the resources to do that. They’re providing the scholarships that these young, accomplished women need to pursue their scholastic ambitions.
I feel like my purpose here on this Earth is to give back to the community and to honor the Lord doing that. Putting in those 20 hours of community service every semester, I was getting that through Big Brothers Big Sisters. For me, it was life-changing. I would bring her to Liberty hockey games. I would bring her here on campus and we’d ride the bird scooters together. So, to have that be so a part of my student experience, it’s completely taken over my adult life now. It’s cool to now be a spokesperson for that program as a former Big Sister.
It’s crucial for Christians to be stepping into every industry out there. They absolutely need to see what what a Christian in the real world looks like and maybe not what their perception of a Christian actually is. And so, I love being able to shatter those expectations.