Joined Dec 13 2009
My name is Abigail Ann Carstens. I live in Alton, Illinois (Southern Illinois). Yes, there is more to Illinois than Chicago:) I competed for Miss Illinois USA 2010 this past November and had the best experience of my life! I can't wait for all that is to come with this title. I'm so blessed to hold this prestigious role. I'm truly greatful! I am a student at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville persuing my degree in Biology. I am currently writing a cook book that I soon hope to publish. I love cooking, spending time with family, going to church, shopping, going out to eat, and traveling. I've traveled all over the country to almost every state in the United States. I've also been to Mexico and Canada. One day I hope to travel to Europe and experience life there. One place I would love to visit is Milan, Italy because it is the fashion capital of the world. When I'm not in class or traveling, I'm volunteering. Volunteering is one of the most important things a person can do. There are so many lives you can change with volunteerism or donations and giving. I personally have worked with Arms of Love, Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, The Salvation Army, P.R.I.D.E., and many other community service organizations. Currently, I am helping my church raise donations for orphanges in Romania, building wells for clean drinking water, and rescuing young women from human trafficking and illegal sex trade. These are very important to me and I hope that as Illinois Miss 2010 I can encourage others to donate and volunteer as well. It is beyond doubt, absolutely life changing!