In my sixth grade religion class I once heard the quote from Mother Teresa: ''Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.'' This quote inspired me to become active outside of my comfort zone. I always looked up to those who were involved in helping others within the community. One of those people is my mother. When I was in middle school she worked at the school for the blind, and during my spare time I would help her with blind children my age and older. Today I have taken the lessons of leadership, compassion, and character that I learned as a child with me through my years of high school whether it be helping children who are severely impaired, mentoring a twelve year old girl, or helping in the relief efforts of hurricane Katrina.
The spring of my freshman year in 2006 I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Chalmette, Louisiana and help in the relief efforts of hurricane Katrina. The experience changed my life, and has open my eyes to the needs of others around the country. The work load was intense by gutting houses and preparing it for rebuilding. The week I spent in Louisiana taught me that a small group can truly make a difference in the lives of others.
In the winter of my junior year, I attended a meeting that explained the program Big Brothers and Big Sisters, I was intrigued by this and signed up. Being the youngest of three children I thought it would not only be fun but it would also help somebody else who needs a mentor or just someone to hang out with. Within a couple months of that meeting I was matched with a twelve year old girl from my area. I am currently still her Big Sister and we do activities such as going shopping, I help her with her homework when she needs it, and we go to events that are happening around the community. I am overjoyed to be a role model and mentor to someone who needs it.