There are only two days left in 2016 (thank GOD), and if there’s one thing we’re hoping for in the new year, it’s for people to stop being so sh*tty…and for Harambe to magically come back to life. But I digress. For now, I just wish the temperature was about 30 degrees warmer.
It’s only December, but we’ve got warmer weather on the brain, and it just so happens that Miss COED 2017 semifinalist, Abigail Patricy is thinking the same. When we sat down with the 20-year-old from Bowling Green State University, we learned that she’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie who wants to travel the world, so naturally, we invited ourselves.
Get to know more about Abigail below, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our semifinalists a bit better.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for Spring Break, where would you go?
When I think of Spring Break, my mind automatically imagines being by the ocean with the warm air and a worry-free mind for a week straight. My dream vacation would be paradise, so I would love to travel to the Bahamas. I would like to go somewhere that is like nothing I have ever seen before, especially because I have never left the country. What could be better than spending time in clear, blue water and white sand on a beautiful island? It just screams PERFECTION.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
Whenever I am asked this question, one person automatically pops up in my head. His name is Hank Patricy, or to me, I call him my dad. Anyone who has known my dad would know why he is such an inspiration to me. I have never met someone like him who is so generous, smart, loving, creative, friendly, and makes every bad day turn around and become a good day. He is one of the strongest Christians I have known. He was always so involved in the community, our church, coaching sports; you name it and he was there. Numerous people have come up to me throughout my life and told me how my father has inspired them or changed their life for the better. He used to go to the detention home every month to drop off little Bibles and to talk to the boys there who were troubled. He gave them hope and helped them make a better future for themselves. He was in the praise band at church every Sunday and played the base guitar and sang. He always made time for family and always had fun things planned for all of us to do. When I think of how I want to inspire or help others, I think “What would my dad do?” Unfortunately, God said He needed my dad to come home to Heaven, and he has passed. But he still lives in my heart and the footsteps that he has left behind him still remain in our lives. I have never met anyone who can compare.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
Okay, most of the time people say things like go sky-diving or eat pasta in Italy, (personally hope I do both of those) but one goal that I have always had as a New Year’s resolution has always been to learn how to play the piano. I tried to learn this past year, but once I stopped, I just couldn’t get back on it. I forgot the whole two minutes of the song that I tried so hard to learn (LOL oops). There is something about playing an instrument that impresses me. I always wished that I was that talented myself. My sister’s boyfriend even surprised me with my own piano this summer but I had to leave it behind when I came back to school. I think that if I try hard enough, I can be good at it! Even if I learn one song and I do not forget it this time, I would feel accomplished. So one thing I want to do before I kick the bucket is to learn to play the piano. I know, not as crazy as you were hoping for!
Which organization on campus are you most passionate about and why?
I am most passionate about my sorority that I became a part of during my freshman year. I am an Alpha Xi Delta, and being a part of this sisterhood has done so much for me. I have lifelong friends, support, laughs, and tears with these ladies. It is nice to have somewhere I know I belong when I am away from home. Alpha Xi Delta is a second family to me. Between studying for finals, grabbing lunch, or hitting up the gym, there is a sister there for me at all times. Not to mention my Xi Fam! I do not know what I would do without them. I know that these girls will be in my life years from now, and standing there to support me on my wedding day. There is nothing like a sister and a home away from home.
Cliché, but where do you see yourself in five years? Ready, set, go!
I actually spend a good amount of time thinking about my future. Especially while being in college, these next few years are when I plan on goes through a bunch of changes in my life. Five years from now I see myself being graduated, living in an apartment in a big city that leads in fashion, such as NYC or LA. I also see myself spending a lot of my free time with my friends and family, despite how busy I will be with work. I will hopefully be working for a good company as a buyer or fashion director. I hope I have also spent a lot of time within those five years traveling to different parts of the world while I’m still young and have time for those adventures. I want to get the most out of life that I can.
Aside from being motivated AF, Abigail is also following in her dad’s footsteps. As a proud sister in Alpha Xi Delta, Abigail is helping the less fortunate through her sorority’s philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Every year, she helps raise money to support those with special needs.
Autism Speaks is the philanthropy that my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, raises money for every single year in order to support those with special needs. We have many events throughout the year. We recently had a benefit dinner where we sold tickets and raffled off donated baskets in order to raise money. Also, we have an event a few weeks ago called Fuzzie Football where people all over campus create teams for flag football and compete to become the next champions. All proceeds go straight to Autism Speaks as well!