Ahhhh...here is calm after the storm! There has been a nice lull since Miss America. I am not sure if I am doing less appearances or just seem less busy because I am not preparing with mock interviews, voice lessons, and training? This year is a bit of a roller coaster. I woke up this morning with a pit in my stomach that in a few months I will no longer be Miss Vermont. In some ways that seems liberating and in other ways it seems horrifying.
This week is packed with Right Decisions Right Now appearances. These school appearances have proved to be the most rewarding appearances this year. I have been constantly amazed at the critical thinking skills of these young Vermont students. They seem ahead of where my peers and I were in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I had a great school appearance in Southern Vermont on Friday. The students seemed genuinely interested and engaged and that makes my job a lot easier! When we were discussing anti-tobacco legislation in small groups one student had an opinion different from the rest of the group and instead of being peer pressured into changing his mind, he stood his ground and calmly explained why he felt the way he did. It was the perfect opportunity to talk to the group about respecting other's opinions and standing up for what you believe in. That day made me excited for the schools coming up this week.