And just like that I’ve arrived in Oshkosh for Miss Wisconsin week 2017. I’m so excited and humbled to have another chance to vie for this job and cultivate memories here with the Class of 2017.Typically my “Skill Sets 4 Success” Sunday platform post covers a current event that pertains to soft skill sets, college readiness, and/or success in the workforce; however, today’s is pertaining to my journey and the success I’ve gained. I’ve done a great deal of reflecting lately in the weeks leading up to this point. My internships, current career, passions, and countless relationships that I cherish deeply are a direct result of the MAO. It’s those tangible takeaways that make me forever grateful for this experience regardless of what God has in store for me on Saturday evening. So many of the skill sets I possess have stemmed from experiences within this program: walking into a new environment and introducing myself, developing a strong sense of self, a focus on community service, the list truly goes on and on.Today, all twenty-six of the contestants arrived in Oshkosh, unpacked at the auditorium, and got settled in at the hotel before a night of closed rehearsal at the hotel. The energy and excitement throughout the room all evening long was incredible and I cannot wait for the rest of the week to unfold (but not too quickly). I have full faith in His plan and know that my hard work, drive, and dedication over the course of the past 7 years has resulted in so many successes; for that I am eternally grateful. I share my failures in schools as a titleholder, my struggles in school and finding a career path that fit my interests, and the knowledge I’ve gained through the course of school and my job thus far because I believe it’s important to be transparent. That becomes even more necessary when I’m wearing a sparkly crown and sash-I’m still human and I have an overwhelming desire to connect with others, to share my message, to inspire people, and most importantly help them achieve successes in their educational pursuits and career. The Miss America Organization has provided me with an outlet and a larger platform to do just that. Owning my setbacks and persevering through tough times (and multiple trips to state) has shaped me into the strong-willed, determined, and passionate woman I am. P.S. Did you know Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000 won Miss Kentucky on her fifth attempt? Now you know! Remember, anything is possible if you put in the work and energy and most importantly, believe in yourself!
Be sure to “like” Miss Badgerland 2017, Tianna Vanderhei on Facebook, follow @MissBadgerland2017 on Instagram, and @MissBadgerland on Twitter to stay up to date on my week!
Want to shop this look? I’ve linked the jumpsuit and earrings below!
- Thinking Out Loud Royal Blue Jumpsuit from Lulus, $49.00
- Fashion Drop Earrings with Beads (Blue and Gold) from Target, $9.99
Good night friends