Christina Townsend

1. What is one of your proudest accomplishments and why?

I am a firm believer that our proudest accomplishments often derive from our most difficult challenges. Mine came from a leadership experience I had this past year. As Carolina United Co-Director, I was responsible for bringing participants together from all backgrounds and experiences and creating a safe and inclusive space for our in-depth discussions on the meanings of diversity and leadership. Going into this position, I was aware, yet not fully aware, of how rewarding and demanding this new role was going to be. Heading an organization in college, particularly my junior year, challenged and stretched me in so many ways. There were times when I thought I wasn’t going to make it, but I am proud to say that because of an awesome support system I persevered and carried on the mission of Carolina United for another year. Being a part of the Carolina United family for three years and welcoming 73 new participants into
the Carolina United family are accomplishments that I will always be proud of.

2. What is your personal mission statement?
Self care is my personal mission statement. When I go home at the end of the day, I want to be 100% satisfied with the person that I am becoming. For me, sometimes this means having meaningful, random conversations for an hour instead of doing homework or working out. Or if I have been working too hard, I make sure to stop and binge-watch Parks and Recreation for three hours while eating a loaf of bread. Ru Paul once said, “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else?”
My parents named me “Christina Joy Townsend” and if I embrace self-care in my life, I will be better able to bring “joy” to the lives of others. Also, it’s worth being said that when I am the best version of myself, I
exude the joy and love that my friends and family have brought to my life. Spending time with friends and family is vastly important to my self-care routine as well.

3. What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
This might be the worst question to ask a senior. However, although it’s hard to see what the future has in store, I am incredibly optimistic. My short-term goals involve running for Miss UNC 2015 and planning my service project, which is a two-part professional development initiative called Perfectly Suited. I plan on bringing my project to fruition in the spring semester whether or not I win, because I truly believe that my project will positively impact UNC students and allow me to continue giving back to my community before I graduate in May. My long-term goals are less clear as I search for jobs and try to figure out what I am doing after graduation. But I know that wherever I end up, I will continue to grow as an individual, be challenged, and embrace a new life while still holding on to my Tar Heel roots.