Hi there! Thank you for visiting TessaDee.com!
Because of the website title, you may already know my name. If we’re still strangers, let me introduce myself…
I’m Tessa Dee. A 21-year-old carb-loving shoe addict who happens to be a student at the University of South Dakota, majoring in Health Science and receiving a minor in Psychology. I grew up loving animals, books and sports and those are still my favorite things today.
The last book I read was The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky but this fact could easily change next week as I always seem to have a book (or my iPad) in my hands. I consider myself to be an expert “jokester” and connoisseur of macaroni and cheese and while I love to shop for dresses and high heels, you’ll usually find me in workout clothes and my favorite running shoes (Please see Figure 1.)
As previously mentioned, reading is a very big part of my life. Because of this and my adventures with the Miss America and Miss South Dakota Organizations (I’m currently Miss Gold Rush 2013) I have created a children’s literacy organization called Project Bookworm. This has become a huge and integral part of my life and something I’m so glad to be a part of! Go check out the website for more information! www.ProjectBookworm.org
Did I mention that I’m involved with the Miss America Organization? Yes, I think I did. It all started on a hot July day in 2011 when I became Miss Rolling Plains. I then went on to compete for the title of Miss South Dakota 2012 and placed 3rd runner-up, winning the Ray Peterson Rookie of the Year award. This was an amazingly exciting time in my life and I’m so happy to be back as Miss Gold Rush 2013 to compete for the crown of Miss South Dakota 2013 and my ultimate goal, Miss America 2014!
I love that the Miss America Organization allows me to continue performing my favorite sport, gymnastics, as my talent. I have been in gymnastics for as long as I can remember and while at times it’s been a love-hate relationship, gymnastics has been an overall great experience. I have had the honor of having state championships with my high school team and individual state championships as a club gymnast. One of my greatest personal achievements is when I was awarded 3 High School All American honors my senior year.
Although Miss South Dakota 2013 is currently my main focus, I have many other goals in life that I plan to achieve. I want to work in the health field, eventually as a physical therapist. I have always loved helping people as well as coaching athletes and I feel like physical therapy is the perfect profession to intertwine these two interests. Along with physical therapy, I want to develop Project Bookworm into a national organization that helps children all over the country learn valuable literacy skills! This is a goal that I would have never expected to have 2 years ago, but now I cannot think of anything I’d rather do.
If you’ve read this entire post, thank you. I hope it gave you a good basis on who I am and what’s currently important in my life. Come back soon to see what else I’m up to!
Thank you for visiting!