Welcome to my blog as Miss Teenage Greater Toronto Area. Let me start by introducing myself; my name is Olivia Zhang and I am an incoming grade 10 student attending St. Theresa of Lisieux CHS. I was born in Toronto and raised in Vaughan so have stayed in the Greater Toronto Area for my entire life. I have a younger sister entering grade five and a kitten named Rockie.
I love sports and have tried nearly every sport from swimming to golf. However, I am primarily focused on fencing, and am grateful to have attended a drive-in demonstration last month.
I hope this blog is insightful and allows you to better understand me as a person and delegate!
Firstly, I joined many clubs varying from business, politics, ecology, medicine and finance as a first-year high school student. By being a member of many committees and chapters, I narrowed my focus and found interests. Although this year was run entirely online, I look forward to the reinvigoration of events, clubs and councils. Many of my friends are those that I have only spoken with virtually and am eager to meet everyone in person soon!
An interesting thing about me is that I am a gigantic germaphobe and neat freak. I am obsessed (positively) with organization and spend hours cleaning and decluttering. It is a family joke since my dad is a very disorderly person, causing me to constantly feel like my limits are being tested. On the other hand, I feel grateful to have someone in the family who is messy, since it is an enjoyable pastime for me. Fun fact: I was re-organizing the downstairs closet prior to writing this, which is sensationally rewarding when I noticed a major “before” and “after”. Unfortunately, I never consider taking progress photos since I am too focused on the mess, however, my family and friends can attest to the fact that I take organization very seriously.
Lastly, I wanted to share a life lesson I learned from my first year at secondary school. A bit of context: I attend a Catholic institution, meaning I took my first religion course. My teacher helped me realize that God is a crucial key to life on Earth. My faith multiplied when I learned about the Bible, Holy Trinity, and God’s followers. I believe that by confiding with God, I have grown to understand myself better, respect others and find trust in the process. This experience taught me this: one should try a variety of things because without doing so, you wouldn’t know what you are missing out on. The fact that we are a part of something uncertain is a reason for celebration. As we journey to new experiences, I hope my small story will keep you motivated in order to find what fulfills you.
As I conclude my first contribution to the Miss Teenage Ontario blog, I would like to thank you for reaching the end. I am truly exhilarated to begin pageant week soon and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!
Olivia (Miss Teenage GTA)