Meilin Chong, a first year student and an Admissions Ambassador, shares her experience as a contestant at the Mr. and Miss Wheelock competition a week ago. Each class (freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) nominated female and male students in their class to compete for the honor of Mr. and Miss Wheelock. The contestants performed a talent and answered a question from the panel of judges.
At first, when I got an email from the class of 2015 telling me that I was nominated to be one of the contestants for Mr. and Miss Wheelock, my mouth dropped. I thought, “WHAT?! ME?! But I’m not outgoing. How did I, MEILIN CHONG get nominated?” I was confused but excited that people actually nominated me to be one of the contestants. So, I decided to reply back and accept the nomination!
The day came, December 8th, 2013. All the contestants, escorts, and judges arrived at 5 PM. I have to admit, I was extremely nervous. My palms were sweating and my heart was racing. I sat next to one of my friends and we talked about how we did not know what we were doing. The president of the club went up to the microphone and began explaining the schedule of the show. We all practiced. One by one, we went up on stage to practice our talents. I told funny stories in an attempt to get people to laugh. I went up there to practice and told a funny story…. but nobody laughed. I was petrified and did not want to continue.
Eight o’clock came, time for the show! We all lined up and the MC introduced all twelve of us. That is when my nerves started to calm down. I smiled and saw my friends and my family in the crowd supporting me. I was eighth in line, and when the seventh person went on to sing, I felt sick. I became so impatient. By now, my whole body was shaking. “….Meilin Chong!” The door opened, the bright lights shined through the slit, and I stopped breathing. I step on stage and everyone was starring at me. I didn’t know what else to do but do a little jig in front of everyone. Then laughter came from a corner of the room. That energized me to tell my funny stories. I kind of do not remember how I was feeling; however, I made a lot of people laugh to the point that some were crying with laughter. I did not know I had that ability to be funny.
I was so energized and happy to be stepping out of my comfort zone. Second round was to show my outfit of choice. I had to walk the stage with my wonderful escort. When we stepped on stage, the crowd went wild and there was so much screaming! I was filled with joy and so proud of myself that I overcame my fear. I was just myself and I did not feel any knots in my stomach. I answered the interview question as everyone laughed at my comedic answer.
When we all lined up to find out the winners, I got this feeling of happiness from my stomach. Everybody was cheering and supporting one another. I wasn’t expecting to win, but I believe that I won. I won confidence and an amazing opportunity.
Here is a picture of my escort and I during the competition. It was dark in the room, but I am standing on the left.