When you go to high school in the United States, you will find that there are many opportunities for you in school. Today, I would like to share with you my favorite memory of American high school - participating in a beauty pageant.
Before that, I never imagined that I could represent our school to participate in a beauty contest and I never had enough confidence in myself. One day, with the encouragement of my classmates, I signed up for the selection in school. I thought that I would not be able to do it, but after the voting in school, I was given the opportunity to do so.
The pageant was divided into three shows, which lasted two months. These two months were the happiest time of the year for me. I made a lot of friends from different schools, I learned to dance, practiced speaking skills, and learned to walk in high heels in a performance.
The first show was a fashion show. Girls wore dresses and high-heeled shoes. I also gave my first speech in English in the United States. From my shaking voice at the beginning to the gradual adaptation later, I also made the audience laugh. Throughout my speech they applauded and cheered for me which made me feel amazing.
The second show was a costume show, where I was able to pick my own outfit. I chose my Chinese traditional clothing, called Hanfu, which my friend brought all the way from China. On the stage, I shared the cultural significance of the Hanfu and Chinese culture to the Americans. This is what I said at that time,“The reason I wear this is because it is important to me, it represents me and my culture. I am living in America right now, but I am still embracing my Chinese heritage.”
The last one was the formal pageant. All of the girls danced together. We all did a great job. It was a great honor for me to win the title of Miss Congeniality and make history in the competition. Winning meant the world to me and it was the first time in the school’s history that the vote was unanimous!
I was very grateful for this opportunity, I became more confident, breaking through my timidity, and gained a precious friendship. What I want to tell you is that you should not limit yourself because you never know what you are capable of. Sometimes you just need to believe in yourself and enjoy the process of working hard for your dream, in the end you will succeed. This is my best memory in America so far!