Growing up in a large family is one of the greatest contributors of Emily Jordan’s inspiration to serve others. Being the third of six children, she discovered early on the true definition of service and what it means to live for something greater than self.
At just 20 years of age, Jordan has already begun to make her mark in the world by accomplishing one of her biggest dreams: being crowned Miss Auburn University.
In addition to earning the noble title of Miss Auburn on Jan. 28, Jordan was awarded Miss Congeniality and received in-state tuition for a full year. She will go on to compete in the Miss Alabama scholarship pageant—the preliminary to the Miss America pageant—on June 6-9 at Samford University.
Like any other pageant queen, Jordan has all the confidence and poise a judge could ask for, but the clichés stop there. There’s a lot more to this girl than just a pretty face, and the whole world—or at least Auburn—is about to know it.
“I plan to expand the mindset of Auburn University students,” said Jordan. “Our country is in desperate need of people who live their lives with open eyes—aware of the needs around them.”
Jordan, a 2010 graduate from Life Christian Academy in Huntsville, Ala. is currently a junior at Auburn University where she plans to major in business. Homeschooled her entire life, Jordan was given the time, opportunities and resources to get involved in many things she otherwise wouldn’t have had time for.
“My goal as Miss Auburn University is that at the end of this year, I will be able to change the way people think about service and business,” said Jordan. “These two concepts should and need to go hand-in-hand.”
Responsible Entrepreneurship is the platform that Jordan has personally chosen to promote. It is an approach to business and innovation that stresses economic liberty with a commitment to the needs and development of people and communities.
“It’s an imaginative way of looking at economics, culture and business,” said Jordan.
For the past year, Jordan had been preparing herself mentally and physically for Miss Auburn, all the while juggling schoolwork and involvement in multiple organizations on campus including AU Rhythm, Student Recruiters, secretary of Lambda Sigma, Campus Crusades and a member of Chi Omega sorority.
“It was a really neat moment, though, before they announced the winner, because I had a deep peace that whoever's name was called it was going to be the right person,” said Jordan. I was able to trust that whether or not I receive the title, any one of the 16 contestants would make a great Miss Auburn.”
Even though Jordan is just a few months away from the Miss Alabama pageant, the young woman who’s spent most of her life dreaming and preparing for a moment like this isn’t worried. She is just excited.
“I’m excited to see all the opportunities that the Lord brings my way this year,” said Jordan. “I’m looking forward to giving back to this university and community that has given so much to me. This year is going to be full of serving people and sharing my vision for Auburn.”
Despite her relaxed and natural attitude, the fact that Jordan has been participating in beauty pageants since she was a young girl is evident by her poise and politeness.
For the next months, her life will be busy with preparations — going to appointments, organizing the clothes, makeup and gowns she’ll take with her, practicing her dance routine for the talent portion, and polishing the Miss Auburn the entire state of Alabama will soon to get to know.
“The main thing I have to do each day when I wake up is get into the right mindset,” said Jordan. “I must continue to remind myself that this pageant is bigger than me, and that God has a purpose in each moment.”