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Bobcat alumna seeks to encourage others as Miss Ohio 2022

After discovering a artistic outlet in Athens and having the chance to discover her modeling at Ohio College, alumna Sir’Quora Carroll now represents the state of Ohio because the 2022 Miss Ohio USA.  

The competitors consisted of 53 contestants, and in contrast to a lot of her fellow rivals, Carroll had by no means participated in a typical pageant earlier than.

Although not sure if she would advance far within the competitors, Carroll continued with the objective of giving again and serving her group if she gained the title. 

“First, there hasn’t been an African American title holder for 17 years,” Carroll stated. “Rising up and having eight brothers and sisters, I’ve all the time wished to be an inspiration for them.”  

Now that she has been awarded the title, her record of objectives is infinite. 

“I need to proceed to encourage folks to step exterior of their consolation zone – not solely my brothers and sisters, the younger ladies and boys that seem like me, however anybody that’s residing their life in concern. As a result of for a very long time I used to be doing that,” Carroll stated.

Carroll describes her platform as a public determine as “the development of youth and younger adults with an emphasis on psychological well being and self-love.”  

“I don’t imagine I used to be known as right here to only put on a title, and to be served, I need to make it possible for I’m serving,” she continued. 


Sir’Quora Carroll
Sir’Quora Carroll. Picture by VARIANT Journal.

As a highschool pupil at Groveport Madison Excessive Faculty, Carroll recollects the second she realized that she wished to be a Bobcat. Understanding little about OHIO past its colours of inexperienced and white and a Bobcat mascot, Carroll was in school and thought to herself: “I need to be a Bobcat.” 

This realization grew to become a actuality as she toured the campus upon being accepted. 

“I imagine I got here down in December – it was wet and chilly, however I cherished it,” Carroll stated. “I cherished all the pieces I noticed. I simply knew once I obtained to campus that I used to be in the fitting place. It feels prefer it was destined.”  

Her favourite time on the bricks: strolling via the autumn leaves of School Inexperienced.  

“I purposefully would attempt to stroll via School Inexperienced every single day,” Carroll stated. “It was a way of peace whenever you walked via School Inexperienced, it was like strolling via this trance of tranquility, I cherished it. I feel that’s once I knew I used to be dwelling – once I walked in School Inexperienced. Each time I’ve walked via School Inexperienced, I don’t suppose I’ve had a foul second; I’ve all the time simply felt at peace.”   

Now 4 years later, she earned a bachelor’s diploma in enterprise administration and advertising and marketing from the Ohio College School of Enterprise. Nevertheless, her experiences from OHIO attain far past her diploma and formed the individual she is now. 

Upon coming into faculty, Carroll made it a objective to be herself in each room that she walked in, which concerned introducing herself to everybody she got here throughout, as a way to construct relationships and meet all kinds of individuals from throughout totally different backgrounds. 

Carroll encourages fellow college students to do the identical and discover the big range of golf equipment and organizations that OHIO has to supply.


Sir’Quora Carroll is shown in her residence hall at OHIO
Sir’Quora Carroll in her Ohio College residence corridor.

“My favourite motto is ‘get comfy with being uncomfortable,’” Carrol stated. “I feel OHIO taught me that – stepping exterior of your consolation zone and never residing your life in concern, whether or not it’s making an attempt one thing new or going to a unique group. I really feel as if it is very important just be sure you’re exhibiting up for your self not solely academically, however socially as nicely.”

On prime of her courses, Carroll  labored a number of jobs throughout her time at OHIO that benefited the College group, corresponding to at Nelson Court docket eating corridor, in work-study positions, as a resident assistant and as a tour information. She was additionally a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Anointed Ministries, and Crew Bible Examine.  

“[As a tour guide], I actually loved speaking to potential college students, exhibiting them the campus, sharing my love of OHIO with them and simply explaining the expertise. I used to be a first-generation faculty pupil, so having the chance to speak to a number of the college students earlier than they got here in and giving them just a little perception earlier than they obtained to the campus was most likely one in every of my favourite issues as a result of it felt as if I used to be making an influence,” Carroll stated.

Additionally throughout her time as a pupil, she was the president of FACES Modeling, an on-campus modeling group, together with being concerned with VARIANT Journal. Carroll credit these roles for giving her the boldness and expertise to pursue modeling full-time. 

“FACES Modeling sparked that gas to need to chase my modeling profession and helped me construct my confidence,” Carroll stated. “It was very pivotal to my success and helped me to step into the lady that I’m. I went on a whole lot of self-love journeys of discovering myself on that campus.”

Carroll attested to the artistic group at Ohio College, which had a big influence on her.

 “VARIANT, I keep in mind I did my first photoshoot with them, and I used to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I suck as a mannequin!’” she recalled. “It allowed me to get comfy with being in entrance of the digital camera, networking, speaking to folks, and taught me a whole lot of the professionalism that I would like as I’m coming into my profession now as a mannequin.” 

Later this month, Carroll will journey to Cancun, Mexico, to take part within the Miss USA competitors orientation. There she is going to meet the guy 49 Miss USA contestants and start making ready for the nationwide pageant later this yr. 

Carroll at the moment works for NV Fashions and Expertise in Cincinnati. She has performed modeling jobs with corporations corresponding to Wingstop, Categorical, Abercrombie & Fitch, and DSW. She plans to pursue modeling in Chicago, and finally New York Metropolis.

“Finally, I need to have my very own modeling company the place I instill self-love and confidence in my fashions in such a cutthroat business,” Carroll stated. “I really feel as if if I didn’t go to OHIO, I wouldn’t have gone on a self-care and self-love journey, and I wouldn’t have had the pores and skin to be on this business.”  


Sir’Quora Carroll
Sir’Quora Carroll. Picture by VARIANT Journal.
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