Schrier created a TV studio in her house and began creating video content—even filming a cooking show for PBS called, Cooking up Science, which she filmed from her kitchen. While she wasn’t able to meet many of the young minds she inspires in person, she does have an important message for them.
“My biggest piece of advice to any young person looking to be a scientist when they grow up is to not be discouraged by bumps in the road,” she said. “Studying science isn’t easy – but you don’t have to get an A in every class to have a successful STEM career. For little girls specifically, I want them to know that they never have to choose between being feminine or being a scientist. I hope that I can show those girls that they can stay true to who they are, and be incredibly successful while doing it.”
So, what’s next for the nation’s first Virtual Miss America? While she hasn’t had the opportunity to pass on her crown just yet, (the 2020 competition was postponed) she is stepping back from fulltime Miss America duties to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She will also continue her work on the MindYourMeds campaign, as well as some independent projects, and promoting her passion for science.
“The reason I love science is that it affects every single part of our lives,” Schrier said. “From the engineering and construction of the homes we live in, to the design of the cars we drive, to the technology we communicate with and the medicines we consume…science drives how we live every day. Understanding how relevant STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is to our lives is what excites me most about not only educating on the topic, but also learning more for myself!”