Applicant #18: Becca Hodgdon

Becca Hodgdon is a 21-year-old from Bangor.

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Hey! My name is Becca Hodgdon. I am a 21 year old currently living in Bangor, ME.

Quick facts: My favorite color is purple. I am very loving, loyal, and opinionated. I’m a giant recycling buff (I even have the recycle symbol tattooed on my foot!) I love pugs. I drink far too much Diet Dr Pepper for my own good. I am a musician and have been playing clarinet for 13 years, as well as a few other instruments I’ve learned along the way. I’m both an actress and techie and love everything to do with theater. I want to teach and/or own my own daycare someday, as well as run a summer youth theater program. I try to laugh everyday and keep others laughing with me. I love to sing (especially by myself in my car) I name inanimate objects. Lady Gaga is my personal hero and inspiration for everything. She pulls me through the hard times and keeps me dancing when things are tough.

Quick Background: I grew up in South Berwick and graduated from Marshwood High School in 2008. I then attended a year at The University of Maine at Farmington (Go Beavers!) as an Elementary Education and Theater double major. However, life on my own wasn’t as easy and glorious as I thought it would be, and everything quickly fell apart. So, I withdrew from college and moved up to Bangor to be closer to friends and start over. Since then I have worked in retail as a shift supervisor at the well known Spirit Halloween store, nannied and babysat for families around the area and am currently working as a Beverage Server at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway. I was enrolled and prepared to start college again this past January at Husson University as an Elementary Education major, but at the last minute my loans fell through and I had to back out. Instead, I’ve been working fulltime at the casino, and spent the past few months on stage as one of the leads in the community production of The Who’s Tommy, a rock opera centered around the pinball wizard. I met a lot of fantastic people and had an amazing time. Although this particular show was the 12th show I’ve been in, it was my first lead role, and really helped me grow as a person. My confidence level was boosted and here I am now, ready to take control and start my life. I’ve been working incredibly hard to save up money for school, and I can’t wait to get my degree. I’m ambitious, professional, and always committed 100% to whatever challenge I take on. I’ve always wanted to make a difference, and I know this job will give me the opportunity to do so. Please make me your spokesperson for Young and Free Maine.

Becca's blog post:

As I sit here thinking about what to post as my first blog, I’m overwhelmed with ideas for the obvious choices: debt, budgeting tips, checking advice and all the other bank related issues facing our young community today. However, the other applicants seem to have that covered and for my first post, I’d like it to be a tad bit more personal. I could sit here all day and write about money and the mistakes I’ve made, but today I thought I’d go with something a little more obscure and hopefully make you think.

So here’s the question - How many times a day do you play it safe?

I know I’m constantly questioning myself, choosing almost everything in my life to please other people without even realizing it, and I’m not shy either. I’m a very opinionated and outgoing person, but I think as young adults, we automatically try to blend in without causing commotion. When’s the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone and did something a little crazy just because you wanted to?

Well, let me tell you about my weekend. As I mentioned in my introduction, I work as a server at The Hollywood Slots. Recently a mutual friend connected me with a drummer who’s band plays gigs at the casino on the weekends. The drummer came up to me and asked me to sing with his band sometime, said he heard I could sing and was a real powerhouse (so not true!) But I agreed, because I’m trying to become more confident with my voice.

He emailed me the band’s set list the morning before we performed, and I had less than a day to memorize lyrics. That night, I met the other people in the band for the first time, and without rehearsing at all, joined them on stage in front of a room full of people to sing a set of 6 songs. I contemplated chickening out all day, making up different excuses in my head as to why I couldn’t perform. But in the end, I followed through. It was terrifying and exhilarating.

When it was over, I sat back and thought about how insane the entire situation was. First of all, I’m not a singer, never have been. Second, I had just met the band that night! I also had lyrics written on my hands due to lack of memorization time, but I left that night feeling incredibly proud of myself.

So here I am, encouraging you to try something big, something you never thought you could do. Stop playing it safe everyday and take a chance. Whether it be singing on stage or applying for your dream job, saying hi to somebody you think is cute or just choosing a zany pair of shoes that makes you stand out. Don’t be afraid to live your life. And on that note, don’t be afraid to help me live mine and be your new spokesperson for Young & Free Maine!

Becca