Veronica Miller of Champaign, IL

Picture of winner's bracelet.
A charm bracelet serves as a reminder of the people, places, things, events, and values that are important to its wearer. At this point in my life, I would include on my charm bracelet a variety of symbols that represent my past, present, and future. First of all, my family has always been a very important part of my life. My parents, sister, and I have always been very close. One of the most important parts of my life, my faith (#4433), was instilled in me by my family. An activity that I have enjoyed from a very young age, reading (#3160) is also an interest that I share with my family. Since my father introduced me to it, mythology, particularly Greek mythology, has been a topic that has interested me. Pegasus (#5337) has long been one of my favorite figures. The lightning bolt (#6219) also represents my love of reading, as it is a significant symbol in some of my favorite stories. Also, as I grew up in the Midwest, it also reminds me of the late-night thunderstorms that often accompanied me to sleep. Music (#0292) is also an important part of my life. I have always loved to listen to and perform music, and my parents always supported and encouraged my interest. My education is a significant part of who I am, and it was my family’s support that enabled me to attend college and earn my degree. At the end of my college career, I became a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society for which the symbol is a key (#0441). Also, I am a recent college graduate, and I believe that my education is the key to my future. I enjoy solving puzzles (#2479), which contributed to my decision to get a degree in psychology. I believe the human mind is the greatest mystery of all, and someday I would like to work in research or education. When I was younger, I learned about the guardian angels (#2750) that watch over all of us. I believe that it was my guardian angel that helped me get through some of the most difficult experiences of my life (surgeries at a young age, and car accidents more recently). I believe that human “angels”, such as doctors, also helped me in such times. Because of this, I want to do my part to help others in need. Another symbol that has similar spiritual meaning for me is the fleur de lis (#1698). It represents such concepts as virtue and the Holy Trinity, which are important to me. Also, the lily is my favorite flower. Throughout my life, I have learned that love (#6049) is the most important part of a person’s life. It has been an important part of my relationships with my family, my friends, and even my pets, and I know that it will be a significant part of the relationships I will have with my husband and children if I someday start a family. Also, I feel that if love plays a part in our interactions with all others, even strangers, we can truly make the world a better place. I want to leave a positive mark on the world, and I would like to help others do so, as well.

Veronica Miller
Champaign, IL

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