If there were no rules in your life for one day and you could be outrageous, what would you do?
I would escape work for the day. Depending on the weather I would do as many outdoor activities as I could, after my yoga practice of course! I would sky dive, which I have never done before, go for a hike, spend the day on my boat, do some water sports, eat a lobster roll, and end the evening on the beach, watching the sunset with an ice cream cone in hand.
What would you like to read as the headline in tomorrow's newspaper?
“Jessica Strohm, Miss USA. The first ever Miss NH USA to win Miss USA!"
Describe your dream house.
I hope to own two dream homes one day. The first would sit on at least 10 acres of land here in New Hampshire. I love the idea of not having any neighbors close by and the ability to do whatever I want with such a large amount of land. It would be beautifully landscaped with a stable, for my two horses. A large farmer’s porch would wrap all around the house with two rocking chairs on the front as well as a nice seating area with couches for coffee dates in the morning. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies so a large kitchen is key! I would do light marble counter tops, white cabinets, and a breakfast bar with a built-in sink. The kitchen would be filled with different green plants and succulents to give it some color. The master bedroom would be decorated in grey, beige and white tones to give a cool and relaxed feeling while incorporating furs and other textile accents. I have only ever dreamed of a large walk-in closet, almost its own room, filled with all of my clothes, shoes, an island for accessories storage and a large vanity area for my hair and makeup applications. There are many other features important to me in this first dream home blueprint including a beautiful dining room for entertaining, a family room for movie nights, and a large chandelier in the foyer.My second dream home would be located in my hometown of Falmouth, Cape Cod, right near Surf Drive Beach, facing the Vineyard, where we can dock our boat, the Jessie Marie II. This would be decorated in the typical beach theme full of beiges, blues, whites, seashells, and stripes. A large patio area and fire pit is necessary for the beautiful Cape Cod summer nights. I am so anxious to own my own home, and with my fingers crossed, I hope to build our first home from the ground up so that I can make it my own, hoping for everything I ever dreamed for.
In a bouquet of flowers, what flower would you be and why?
I would be a tulip in a bouquet of flowers. Tulips to me symbolize sunshine and spring time. Whenever I see a tulip I can help but smile and I hope that people feel the same way about me.
How would you introduce yourself if you were a guest speaker?
Good afternoon/evening. I am Jessica Strohm, your Miss New Hampshire USA. I am an area manager for a broad line food distribution company, a cheerleader for the New England Patriots, Northshore TV host, family member and friend. I am here today to teach you that you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to, and how I have dubbed myself “superwoman.”
Who do you want to be the next U.S. President and why?
Hilary Clinton would be the first female president in our office. There are still a mass of issues in the workplace for equal rights for women. I know personally how hard it is to fight for your rights in a sea of men. If Hilary were to become president she would close the gap for women who fight to be equal to men in their workplace.
Time management is extremely important to stay focused and organized. Sometimes I get carried away chatting with my customers that I fall behind and become stressed over time. If I could be good at one thing it would to know the right time and way to tell my customers that my visit is over and I need to keep moving through my day.
What do you like to do for fun?
Outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, boating and fishing, as well as spending time with friends and family, traveling, and taking “me time.”
If you had one message to the world, what would it be?
Never give up on your dreams. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. You must always reach for the stars and never look back. You can do absolutely anything you put your mind to if you stay driven, dedicated, and determined.
Why should you be the next Miss USA?
Everything I have done in my life has prepared me to take on the responsibility of becoming Miss USA. I have been through trials and tribulations with my family, relationships, my job, and frankly, I do not want to sell chicken fingers and French fries for the rest of my life. I always knew that there was something bigger and better out there for me, that all of my hard work and dedication to all aspects of my life would soon pay off. I am ready to be your Miss USA, and take advantage of any and all opportunities that the crown will present.
PHOTO CREDITS: JESSICA STROHM & MISS MASSACHUSETTS USA ORGANIZATION