The year is coming to a close (THANK GOD), and while most people are hoping to hit the gym more often or volunteer in 2017, Abigail can already check the latter off her list. And maybe the former…I can’t attest to that.
The sophomore at Bowling Green State University is a huge advocate for Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy, Autism Speaks and helps raise money every year for those with special needs.
Abigail’s father, Hank recently passed away but it’s apparent that he instilled important lessons in his daughter. He was known to volunteer his time to those less fortunate and inspire others to better themselves. With 2017 right around the corner, we could probably all take notes TBH. Just a few days ago, Abby tweeted:
Hank would be proud.
Read on below to learn more about Abby, and be sure to check back daily as we get to know each of our Miss COED 2017 semifinalists a bit better.
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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.
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 with out 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.