It’s the season of giving, and for many of us, we tend to spoil ourselves rather than give to those who are less fortunate. Yet while you’re counting your stockpile of NAKED palettes and buying a peppermint mocha on the reg, remember that some people don’t even have one NAKED palette…or a winter coat.
The 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Texas at Arlington is an adrenaline junkie who also has a soft side. When she’s not fending off sharks on Spring Break and wresting (seriously), you can find her raising money for Love Your Melon, an organization that donates beanies to children with pediatric cancer. This little lady is a freakin’ gem, and we’re proud to have her in the competition.
Get to know more about Emily 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?
I would go to the Bahamas because I really want to swim with stingrays, sharks, and dolphins! I think it would be beautiful!!
Do you have any secret talents?
I sing and I wrestle. I know [they are] two very different talents, but I love both and I enjoy doing both.
What compelled you to help with this organization as opposed to another cause?
I’m not big for organizations on campus, but this was a brand new one and I kind of wanted to get started at the very beginning of one. I love the fact that they give half of its proceeds to pediatric cancer research because I have a baby girl that goes to my church who was actually diagnosed with cancer about six months ago; it’s very close to my heart.
Tell me anything else you’d like our readers to know about LYM!
One thing I really love about Love Your Melon is that we actually get to hand deliver beanies to kids in hospitals. We have the opportunity to put a smile on their face, which I am looking forward to so much. We’re looking to get our numbers up, so if anyone wants to buy something, make sure you check out with UTA and that will help us in our crew. Also, Love Your Melon was started by college students as a business project, so that’s really cool to think that someone my age started this a couple years ago and now it’s big.