What are your plans for the future?
“Well, I would like to attend university. I would like to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and study marketing, finance, and economics in relation to fashion, with a concentration in design.” — Karen Baldwin, Miss Universe
What makes you successful?
“In my own life, determination, hard work and tenacity is the key to success. It took me seven and a half years, eleven tries, and two different states to get to the Miss America Pageant. What is Important is that with each failure we learn what else it takes to succeed and in that we never give up.” — Debbye Turner, Miss America
What are your future plans?
“I think I’ll have to wait and see what experiences and opportunities I’ll get throughout this year. At this point, I am really unsure because I really don’t know what will happen in the coming year. I would like to be able to sing a lot. Maybe later on in a few years, I would choose to go to law school, to go back to school. I am still very young. I have my whole life ahead of me and I could go to law school at any age – as long as I could get accepted (chuckles). That’s the first step.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
Would you ever compromise your values to achieve your career goals?
“Absolutely not. I definitely believe that in order for me to retain my character, for me to be happy with myself – after all I am the one who lives with myself – I have to abide by these values.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Where have you found the strength to deal with adversities in your life?
“From a very young age I had to be independent and I am a very strong person. I just knew that I had to deal with things and that if I was going to be anything in my life, it was up to me. I’m a firm believer that your attitude determines your altitude. I know that I wouldn’t be the person I am today unless I went through what I’ve been through.” —Sharon Beldon, Miss World-America
What is your goal in life?
“My goal in life is to be successful at what I do, but most of all, not only to be successful, but to be happy at being successful.” — Susan Powell, Miss America
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