Realizing My Powers

Krissy Levis

As a learner...

I never got a grade lower then a B in elementary and middle school, i was very devoted and stayed on top of everything. While going through some hardships at home, i was able to handle school very well. Academics come easily to me, but sometimes i have trouble balancing everything i have on my plate.


As an individual....

Passing my drivers test and getting my license was a huge accomplishment since i worked so hard and waited for a long time to get it. Although i am not able to drive until November, this was a huge accomplishment for me. It's like the next step in life and i am very excited to have the privilege to drive on my own.


As a member of the community....

I assisted a 2nd grade CCD class at Saint John the Apostle's Catholic School, and loved being involved with children and teaching them important things about Catholicism. It always feels good to give back to the community and i love knowing that this class is making a difference in all those second grader's lives. I wish i would have known the things they do when i was their age, and i like to see an early start in all of these kids.


Most meaningful to me....

I volunteered at a homeless shelter in Houston, Texas serving meals. Doing this was one of the best experiences I've ever been through and it taught me a lot. I learned that every person is different and that a lot of people, despite of what they're going through, have faith. I met some of the most positive happy people walking through to get food, even though they had nothing to their name. It felt so good to give them food and see their faces light up with happiness. I do this almost every summer and it's one of my favorite parts of summer.


Being a counselor for middle school leadership workshop was so much fun and i loved being able to guide the kids and teach them more about being a leader in their community and their school. Knowing that some of them are coming to the high school, it was very important for them to know the ways of being a leader. Also, seeing these kids have fun and know that they are accepted is so rewarding. All the hard work put into leadership workshop was so worth it.



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In my Smore, I talked about many great accomplishments I've had through-out my life. Through these accomplishments, I've learned so much about myself and about other people. The accomplishment I’m most proud of is when I volunteered at the homeless shelter in Houston Texas. This experience was life changing in the best way and I am so happy I did it.


At first I was very scared. I had no idea what to expect of the people and was intimidated by all the stories I had once heard. When I got to the kitchen, we had to prepare the food. It was a very fun experience and I liked having the responsibility to make a certain dish. Then, once we were all setup, they finally let everyone in. This is when it got very interesting. What I expected to come out of homeless people was unhappiness, aggressiveness, anger, and all negative things. But what I saw was the complete opposite. I saw smiles, laughter, appreciation, and happiness. I got the biggest smile on my face and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I starting saying “Enjoy your meal!” and “Have a good day!” and i couldn’t stop smiling and laughing along. I couldn’t believe how happy these people were, considering their circumstances.


I learned a lot about myself through this experience. I learned how to be diverse, and deal with different types of people, personalities, situations, and problems. I learned to talk to different people, who are completely different then me and living in a completely different environment. And each and every one of them taught me something new. As a learner, I learned not to judge a book by its cover, because what I got out of that accomplishment was never what I expected. I also learned how to be brave and face things out-side of my comfort zone. As a community worker, I worked together with other workers, making food for the people who need it most. I made a difference, as did every person I was working with and the managers of the kitchen. No feeling is greater than making a difference to someone, because that’s what everyone was called to do.