An overview of me; by me. Established 1994 Version 18.0
Kylie Krummel Life isn’t worth living for nothing. You have to find something to live for—and what you live for will always be unique to you.
TABLE OF CONTENTS REQUIRED Inside this issue:
Top Ten: K-Pop Artists
Runt, Twin, Meaning of Life
Time Capsule, Golf regionals,
Roman Missal, Pope Francis
Gangnam Style, Hallyu Wave
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You are the only YOU. Look around you right now; there is only one set of eyes seeing exactly what you are seeing now from exactly the same angle. Only one brain is interpreting this completely unique view in its own completely unique way. When you think about it, you are the only “you” that there is, was, and ever will be.
Your experiences are all singular to you. The need for comparison in this world is greater than ever before because of the massive influence of media and entertainment. However, there is no comparison to you.
You are you, you are the only person who can be you, and you are you better than anyone else. Take charge of that and embrace it. There’s no need to compare yourself to others if there is no comparison there to find.
Top Ten: K-Pop Artists 1 G-Dragon 2 BIGBANG — G-Dragon, TOP, Taeyang, Daesung, Seungri
3 U-Kiss — Soohyun, Dongho, Kevin, Eli, Kiseop, AJ, Hoon, [Kibum], [Alexander]
4 Super Junior — Siwon, Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Yesung, Heechul, Henry, Zhou Mi, Kangin, Donghae, Kyuhyun, [Han Geng], [Kibum] 5 Teen Top — L.Joe, Changjo, Ricky, Niel, CAP, Chunji
9 Nu’est — Ren, Baekho, Aron, JR, Minhyun
6 SHINee — Key, Jonghyun, Onew, Taemin, Minho 7 B.A.P — Daehyun, Youngjae, Himchan, Zelo, Yongguk, Jongup
8 VIXX — Hongbin, N, Leo, Ken, Ravi, Hyuk
10 F. Cuz — Jinon, Daegun, Raehyun, Kan, Yejun, [LeeU]
Personal Essay Reflection #1: Runt It is always with a teasing grin that my brother tells me that I am the child that wasn’t supposed to be born. In reality, he and I are twins so there is no way to tell which one of us was intended and which wasn’t, but since he was born sixty seconds before me, he assumes that he is the intended child and I am the “mistake”. Aside from being the so-called mistake, I am the youngest, the smallest, the shortest, the
weakest and the only female child in my family. I could be described as the runt of the litter, if you can call our average three-child home a litter. In order to dispel the “runt” label, a majority of my life has been devoted to finding something in which I can excel and stand out, because I’m always following in the footsteps of others in my family—somehow even my twin manages to put me in his shadow. However, this has
only encouraged me to be even more creative in order to be noticed. And there is an advantage to my brother automatically seizing the leadership role; when times get tough, those sixty seconds can turn into several years of maturity that enable my brother to protect and lead me the way a real older brother would. (220)
Personal Essay Reflection #2: My Twin I have something that if one doesn’t have at the moment he or she is born, one will never have in his or her entire life. It is one of the few things that have stayed completely constant in my life since the precise moment of my birth; a twin brother. My brother has been my built-in best friend for
eighteen years, keeping my secrets and completing my sentences without fail. Being the exact same age provided a similarity in interests during our childhood that other siblings never encountered. Despite being equivalent in age, Colin, decided quickly that he did have a “baby sister”— even though I’m only 60 sec-
onds younger than him. I’m not sure what I will be able to do without him, because I’ve always felt a sense of codependence on him. While he was only a minute older, I looked to him constantly for leadership and bravery, and now I’ll have to come up with those things on my own. (164)
there is no “messing up”; you’re going to live your life the way you were supposed to because everything you do will immediately become your life. You’re in control of your own fate, though. Now, God does have a pretty big hand in all of this, but he gave humans free will for a
reason. So the overall goal is to find a perfect balance between God’s will for you and what you want to do, and most of the time they will end up being very similar to each other.
Meaning of Life So if you really are uniquee; totally, utterly and completely different from everyone else...what then? What you do then is you figure out what makes you unique and why, and then you try to find people who complement your uniqueness with theirs. The best thing about this is that
TIME CAPSULE The items I would place in a time capsule to represent me may seem useless or pointless to others, but represent a great deal of memories about my life. 1.
My lacrosse stick: It holds all the memories I have from every season I played the sport. It represents something I worked hard on.
My golf charm bracelet: Given to me by the underclassmen on the golf
team, it shows how close knit we were. 3.
My violin: I’ve participated in orchestra since junior high and it is my favorite peaceful hobby.
Headphones: I adore music, and that is my favorite way to listen to it; blocking everything else out.
The bible I got on senior retreat: In the front cover this bible says “dear Kylie” and inside
the back cover reads “from God.” It signifies what I learned on the retreat. 6.
My mailbox: I have never once moved ever in my life, so my mailbox with my address on it really does represent my whole entire existence.
Personal Essay Reflection #3: Aggravation There are innumerable moments I could select as a special memory of mine; my childhood wasn’t one of fear or trauma. One of the simplest times my family shared is also the time that stands out to me the most. The game of Aggravation is a modern twist on a classic marble board game. Each
player gets four marbles of their color and tries to get them around the board and back to their home base. If you land on another marble, you can send it back to the start. There are often screams of joy and rage as we pursue the home bases. Everyone has learned how to maneuver around the board
Personal Essay Reflection #4: Regionals The morning of our Regional tournament, I woke up and drove myself to the school to board the small bus that belonged to our even smaller girls’ golf team. I joined the girls who were already there with a smile, halfhearted because I was an alternate. Eventually our last player arrived with a blanket around
her shoulders. She’d been having massive headaches, but she’d been playing through the pain. Our head coach then boarded the bus. Once we arrived, the other alternate and I helped unload bags and accompanied the rest of the team to the range. Not more than forty minutes before the regionals were
scheduled to begin, the coach spoke two small words to me: “You’re playing.” My heart went from excited to petrified—I wasn’t prepared to play regionals, mentally or otherwise. But I gathered my bag from the back of the bus where I’d left it, warmed up quickly, and played the best I could at Regionals. (161)
expertly and distract their opponent while they get closer and closer to “aggravating” them. I love the memory of playing Aggravation because it represented—and still represents— the love that my family has. (146)
Personal Essay Reflection #5: Values “That’s what she said.” Probably considered one of the funniest comments a high school student could make— considered funny by some, but not by all. I do not fall into the category that finds sexual humor amusing in any way, shape, or form, and I am acutely aware that this fact places me in the minority. I have not been in any minority for the majority of my life; growing up I was thin, intelligent, blonde, blue-eyed, and
athletic. I thrived. However it wasn’t until high school that I started to notice differences between myself and my fellow students. My morals and my values, and especially my decision to be abstinent until marriage had unwittingly separated me in a crucial way from my peers. I’ve never hung out with people who would wish those sorts of things upon me, so I never encountered it until after I’d been raised to disagree with
Personal Essay Reflection #6: Jesus While this may sound selfish, the greatest change I have noticed while in high school has been in me, not in others. During junior high, I was not a religious person. Even freshman year and sophomore year—before the confirmation retreat—I didn’t acknowledge religion that much, if ever. However, retreat after re-
treat, God has been changing my mind. The confirmation retreat initiated the change; it was a slap in the face to push me out of the darkness of my self-destruction. Then Destination Jesus 2012 encouraged me to notice the faith. Destination Jesus 2013 catapulted me into Mass every Sunday, youth group
every Sunday, positive Christian radio, the Daughters of Christ, and being faith conscious in my everyday activities. It has been a long process to get from where I was to where I am. And I’m still not where I will be. Unless my mind is wiped of the last four years, my life will never be the same. (161)
it. Currently, being the way that I am, my judgment sharp and sometimes harsh, my friends and acquaintances have naturally grown to learn how to behave around me: do not make sexual references, do not make sexual jokes, refrain from innuendo, and under no circumstances are they to detail their exploits in front of me. This aspect of life might seem like a footnote in some lives, but it is a defining factor in mine. (227)
The New Roman Missal One Sunday, the priest stood and greeted us. “The Lord be with you,” he said, as he always did. “And also with y—,“ I started to respond, unaware until that moment that nearly half of the people in the church had responded with “And with your spirit.” New words. For mass. I realized quickly that
it was the new translation of the Roman Missal. The translation hasn’t proven to be as bad as people predicted it to be, however. After its release and the beginning of its use in Mass on November 27, 2011, it seemed to me that people had really embraced the change. In a book by Matthew Kelly, he mentions his appre-
ciation for how the creed said “We believe,” that way the belief of others could support him. With the new missal, the statement is “I believe.” In my opinion, this is equally powerful. With work, the new words come as easily to me now as they did before, but now it is more thoughtful. (169)
The New Pope Francis There was certainly more than one Pope over my lifetime and childhood; no one can really be effective at their job that long. But this time was the first time I was old enough to pay attention to the news and broadcasts. The Roman Catholic church was getting a new pope. This
is huge. So I made sure to watch the news and this was actually the first event I’d ever seen as “breaking news” or while it’s occurring. Usually I’m the last to know. It was refreshing to be able to feel in the loop with everyone else. Also it is a very exciting thing for the Catholic
church to have a new leader. I’m excited for Pope Francis, I’m sure he will execute his duties wonderfully and in the name of the Lord. (135)
“Gangnam Style” Crossing your wrists and pretending to trot on a horse used to mean...well, nothing. These days, it means you’ve probably seen PSY or someone else singing/dancing to Gangnam Style. The song became widely popular what seems like overnight. Although PSY’s company, YG Entertainment, did not to any
promoting on purpose in America; they thought it was a waste. Little did they know that Gangnam Style would make its way to America and people would fall in love with it. But it happened. I was delighted to see everyone getting excited over PSY’s new song; I was able to call hipster on it forever. I had
watched the Korean music show Inkigayo the day before and PSY had premiered the song on the show. So by the time everyone else was listening to it for the first time, I was already a veteran. (144)
The Hallyu Wave Initiated by the popularity of Gangnam Style, the Hallyu Wave is following close behind and ready to crash into North America along with the rest of the world. Hallyu is a term given by Koreans to represent the phenomenon of all things Korean being accepted and actually obsessed over by
people of non-Korean descent. Super Junior’s recent concert in Chile, for example. A country that certainly doesn’t speak the band’s native Korean, but where fans crowded the airport so tightly that security had to take action. This wave of entertainment from Korea is helped
along by Korea’s advanced technological system. Their government has a strong hand in television, broadcasting and entertainment, and it seems to be a good strategy so far. (121)
Kylie Madison Krummel
Thanks to my mother and father for being such fantastic parents and keeping me always in a safe and loving environment. You are the only YOU.