March 14, 2016
Mikaela Carson is known for so much more than her role as Miss Northwest in the realm of Miss America pageants. She is smart, intelligent, funny, kind, selfless, creative, hardworking, genuine, and open about her positions on gender studies and mental health. Check out her answers to our questions below!
1.) What is your current occupation and/or any recent volunteer work, advocacy groups, you’re involved in or support?
Currently, I’m a full time student in my last semester of senior year. I major in Philosophy and Economics, with minors in Gender Studies, Political Philosophy, and History of Thought. I work as a TA (Teacher’s Assistant) in the Philosophy Department.Outside of school, I volunteer with various organizations, including the Children’s Miracle Network and the USO. Many of my opportunities to volunteer have come in conjunction with my year of service as Miss Northwest, a local title in the Miss America Organization for the state of Missouri.Beyond that, I am an advocate for initiatives fighting for equality for the LGBTQIA community, all genders, and all races. I also focus on mental health awareness, support, and suicide prevention initiatives. Essentially, anything that will better the human condition.Suffice to say, I stay pretty busy!
2.) What is the most rewarding part of your career/volunteer work?
There are no feelings that can compare to seeing your efforts bring joy and comfort to those that need it, and to seeing other people realize that they can and should strive to do the same.3.) What inspired you to follow through with your volunteer/career choices?I may only be one person, but by seeking a career in corporate ethical compliance and continuing to volunteer with and speak out about important causes and organizations, I’ve committed to living a meaningful life that will hopefully leave some legacy of positive change.
4.) What is a quote you like or a word of wisdom you often impart?
When I was in elementary school, I saw a poster of the Mahatma Gandhi quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” It has stuck with me ever since.