((The fifth post in a new series called Twenty-Something & Thriving, featuring girls who are chasing dreams, living out passions, and taking on the world. These are the ones who get it)).
My girl Hannah! One of the only girls I know who is just as funny as she is beautiful. Loving the Lord, chasing life, and currently living out one of her dreams. Hannah and I were on leadership together in college, and so I know first hand she's as genuine as they come. And now I get to watch via snapchat ((hey girl heyyy)) as she takes on the world. SO, if you want to talk to someone about how to chase your dreams, she's it.
MEET HANNAH DIXON
Name: Hannah Dixon
City: Currently NYC, and originally from Indianapolis, IN.
Occupation: Just graduated!!!
Hobby: Wearing workout clothes to make myself feel better about not working out - everyday hobby.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do! A mini bio: I am originally from Indianapolis, IN but I will be graduating from Liberty University this May! I am a follower of Jesus Christ, I am basically obsessed with the Indiana Pacers and you can find me wearing all black 96% of the time. I am pursuing a degree in Public Relations and I am minoring in Global Studies. I am passionate about advocating on other’s behalves using the creative skills I have acquired over the past few years. I so desire for my work to matter, to mean something. And I am so excited to GRADUATE in 12 days!
How have the last few years as a college student shaped who you are? The last few years as a college student has taught me how to be a woman of integrity. In college, there are many changes that one will face. New classes, new friends, a new place. Not to be cliche, but my friends have shaped me in a way that I will never be able to thank them enough for. The way they have taught me to be a woman who loves life, loves others and loves Jesus will be something I would never trade. I have learned to not take myself too seriously and to wear whatever the heck I want to! (life is too short to dress boring)
What are your post-grad plans? (The question no college student wants to be asked, but I'm asking anyways ; ) I can’t even believe I am graduating! This is the moment I have been dreaming about since freshman year and now it’s here. In 29 days I will be moving to New York City for the summer to lead an internship program called Generation Send. It is an church planting focused internship started by the North American Mission Board to engage college students in urban areas for future ministry. I am SO excited to get back to one of the best cities in the world filled with the most beautiful people.
What I am about to say is still surreal to me. I have just accepted a communications internship with the International Justice Mission. I will be spending 10 months in India starting in September and I couldn’t be more excited for this adventure. The International Justice Mission does amazing work for those who are voiceless and in the most vulnerable of situations and I am honored to be a part of their organization. I have always said that I desire for my work in Public Relations to matter for a bigger cause and I humbled to be serving the people of India!
The transition from college to "real life" can be intimidating, but SO exciting. What are you most looking forward to? I am SO excited to have the best years ahead of me. I hear so many people say that college was the best four years of their life, but I am convinced the best days are ahead of me. I am looking forward to a new sense of independence, possibly getting my nose pierced (sorry mom and dad) and falling in love with my career.
Who are a few women you admire/look up to?
1. My mom, Kathy, aka MamaKdix - My mom is the strongest woman of God I know. But she doesn’t stop there. She has taught me to dream big dream and that there is never an occasion inappropriate to wear a huge fur coat. She’s the best.
2. Ann Voskamp - though I do not know her personally, her bravery in her writing and her actions are nothing short of amazing. The way God is using her to challenge men and women today is extraordinary. The way she uses her platform to speak up for the voiceless and advocate on hidden issues around the world is remarkable. Whatever platform I have in life, I desire to be like Ann in this way.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? To be honest, I’ve never had a long term “plan”. Plans change everyday. Have I had goals and dreams? Yes. With that being said, I have a dream to live in a very large, urban city working in Public Relations to advocate on something I am passionate about. In five years I see myself attending New York Fashion Week or maybe even Paris Fashion Week ; )
What's the biggest goal/dream you're working towards right now ? Never would I have thought that I would get a dream internship right out of college. Working for the International Justice Mission is a dream come true. The goal I am working towards in that is to raise the support to go! I am living in the middle of one the dreams I have and I could not be more excited!
What are you reading? Paper Towns by John Green
What's your advice to those coming up behind you, maybe in a season right before you? I would tell those coming up behind me to always remember their purpose on this earth. Also, enjoy the people and the opportunities right before them now in the present. It is ok to look ahead to the future (believe me I did) but do not let that negate your present reality for a future reality (that will probably be much different than you ever imagined). Seize opportunities, travel with your friends and girls, who cares if you think can’t dance, do it anyways.
What's one skill you secretly/or not so secretly you wish you had and were good at? I secretly wish I was an expert at coding. How cool is it when women are genius’ and can build the best of websites for companies and organizations!? Not so secretly, I wish I could dance and sing like Beyonce - still working on it, folks.