Join Us For The Next
International Pageant

JULY 24th and 25th
2020

KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE

Showcasing
The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Married Women®

Mrs. Connecticut International®

Debbie Manent

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
My father always suggested to start saving while young. No longer are the days where one can depend on a pension or social security for retirement, so I wish I had taken his advice to heart, and started saving money more aggressively at a younger age. I now put extra money aside. If I had only considered my morality a lot younger, maybe I would have been able to retire earlier than the national average.


What is the biggest change you want to make in your life?
According to Gallup polls and national labor trends, college students are said to lack important soft-skills, which help transition from college to career, seamlessly, and help retain employment over the long haul. I am concerned that with the lack of these soft-skills within the younger generations; due to overuse of social media, video games and negative influences; many jobs will go unfilled, which could lead to an economic disturbance and affect the entire America population.


What do you think is the best feeling in the world?
From packing early, meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and foods, hearing inspiring stories and creating memories that last a lifetime, everything about traveling is exciting to me. I have a large bucket list, and each year I try to check off several places in which I could visit. I hope this year I can continue to cross off more things and continue to share those special times with family friends from around the world.


What was the single, best realization you have ever had?
Age brings much wisdom and ability to 'not let things ruffle my feathers.' As a veteran's ambassador, career/guidance counselor, and associate director of career services at a state university, there will always be challenges. While practicing empathy, stellar time management, organization, and goal setting skills, I am now equipped to help all students and community leaders thrive. Perfecting these skills, which I am proud of, takes much experience and wisdom...things that all come with age.


 

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