While I sit on my couch binge-watching HGTV and dreaming about one day having my own interior design show, Abigail is out there actually making it happen. OK, maybe she doesn’t have her own show, but she is designing commercial real-estate spaces and condos. For three years, the now senior at George Mason University was an interior designer, and all I can think is ‘how???’ In high school, I was selling women’s shoes at Macy’s part-time and she’s doing the work of a full-time trained professional.
It’s pretty safe to say that at just 20-years-old, Abigail is killin’ it. After graduation, she hopes to get into real estate investing and backpack across Europe…BRB while I contemplate all of my life decisions up until now.
Get to know more about Abigail below, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our Miss COED 2017 semifinalists a bit better.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
Without a doubt, the person I look up to the most is my mom. Since I can remember, we’ve always been so close, and as cliche as it sounds, I wouldn’t be where I am today without her endless love and constant support. We’ve been through just about everything together; she’s my biggest fan and greatest teacher. We even have matching tattoos! Haha. She taught me how to love and live life to the fullest. She’s the most incredible cook, and I swear she can make a gourmet dinner out of anything; I certainly miss that in DC. Going away to college was a big decision, especially hundreds of miles away, but she has encouraged me to follow my dreams and since then, I have truly gained a greater appreciation for life. She’s my hero, role model, and my greatest inspiration.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
I dream of traveling the world one day, and so one thing on my bucket list is to backpack across Europe! Your whole life you hear about these places and the cultures, but not many people actually get to experience it. I think backpacking Europe would be an eye-opening experience and truly impactful to see all that this world has to offer. From the architecture of Rome to the history in Venice, to the different foods and ways of life in each city, I think backpacking would be the most incredible way to begin experiencing the world.
Give your BFF a shoutout! What’s his/her name and how long have you been besties?
Well, here it is Savannah! I met Savannah my junior year of high school at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference; however, it wasn’t until the following year when we were both selected as interns that we became best friends. From the first night we met, bonding as we were in tears laughing at the Gymnastic Fails on Youtube, to the countless memories we have shared since, you truly are my best friend. It’s not every day, if even in your lifetime, that you find your soulmate in your best friend. Looking back over these last three years, I truly couldn’t imagine living them without you. Thank you for always standing beside me, for believing in me, and for truly being the best friend I could have ever asked for. When words become enough to tell you what you mean to me, I’ll be sure to let you know. Love you always, Sav.
Do you have any secret talents?
A [semi]-secret talent that I have would be that I love to design, paint and draw. I worked as an interior designer for three years and got to assist in designing condo spaces, commercial spaces and seasonal decorations for reputable orthopedic centers. I have also always loved to draw and paint in any free time that I have; I find it relaxing and a great way to free my mind.
In addition to drawing and painting, Abigail is also very passionate about Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. As a proud sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, she’s become an advocate and volunteer for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, her sorority’s national philanthropy.
How does your sorority, ZTA, help promote Breast Cancer Education and Awareness?
ZTA promotes Breast Cancer Education and Awareness through campus events, service projects, community outreach, workshops and fundraisers! While the month of October is one of our busiest yet most rewarding months, we host events all year around. Some of our favorite events include Big Man on Campus, a male beauty pageant where contestants compete in talent and dress. Some other favorites are our Think Pink Fashion Show and Pink Out Flag Football Tournament. These events have allowed us to raise both awareness and money for this foundation on campus and in our community. In the month of October alone we were so excited to have raised over $10,000!
What have you done personally for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness, and what is the most rewarding part?
One of my favorite events ZTA participates in would have to be the Crucial Catch Game. Not many people know, but ZTA is partnered with the National Football League (NFL)! This began in 1999 with the Washington Redskins for the very first National Football League Think Pink Game. Through this partnership and with the help of dedicated volunteers, ZTA now distributes over a million breast cancer awareness pink ribbons each year at NFL stadiums across the country! It has been an incredible way to join with sisters from local chapters for a common cause. From this event, I have met survivors, families of survivors, and even those battling breast cancer right now. Since the start of this partnership, the NFL has allowed players to wear pink for the games, created pink team merchandise and together we have truly raised awareness for this incredible cause.
The most rewarding part about working with Zeta Tau Alpha foundation is seeing the impact that we can make. ZTA is currently partnered with the American Cancer Society, National Football League and Bright Pink. Through these partnerships, ZTA has not only been able to raise awareness for breast cancer, but has been able to educate ourselves and the community on this disease. “1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S.“, and “1 in 4 women will be affected by breast cancer in some way.” Furthermore, breast cancer not only affects women but it can, and does affect men as well. Through ZTA I have been able to help fundraise, educate and raise awareness with hopes that soon we will find a cure and that one day, it will be gone.
How can someone help if they aren’t a member of ZTA?
Raising awareness begins with one motion, and while ZTA works to raise money and awareness, anyone can get involved! Whether that be attending the next Crucial Catch game at your local stadium next fall, wearing pink in October (or every month!), or donating through our ZTA Theta Chi philanthropy donation link. Awareness begins with one person, but with some help, can impact the world.