With state pageants starting, hundreds of young women across the country are working toward the goal of representing their state at Miss America. They tweak their wardrobes, rehearse their talents, polish their interview skills, facilitate community service projects, and raise money for charities dear to them, including Children’s Miracle Network. As they balance school, work, and preparation, they all search for the perfect formula. What will set them apart and give them the ever illusive “it factor” that so many of our favorite Miss America contestants exude?
The “it factor” is a very subjective, undefined quality that some believe you either have or you don’t. It’s something you know you are in the presence of as soon as you see it. But you can develop your own personal “it factor” by following some of these tips:Embrace service above self. Community service can be a life altering experience that chances who you are at your very core. Service to others allows us to see the world through the eyes of people from various walks of life. It is fun to shine onstage, but it is even more rewarding to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Keep a journal. Journaling helps you sort your thoughts and feelings on various topics. Not only may it help you eliminate lingering self-doubt, it can also help you develop your interview skills as you reflect on current events and personal memories. Journaling helps you organize your thoughts so when you speak in an interview setting, you deliver answers in a clear and concise manner.
Embrace your individuality. It won’t do you any good to compare yourself to others. This process is about achieving your personal best. Develop a relationship with yourself, embrace who you are, and let people get to know you in a genuine way.
The Miss America crown is a symbol that represents service, style, scholarship, and success. Allow this symbol to be a reminder of the standard of excellence we have come to expect in a Miss America.
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