True friends make our life meaningful and lead us down a path of success. Stanstead College opened the doors for me to explore new friendships by meeting individuals from different countries with different cultures. So take advantage of this opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and get to know someone you normally would not have had the chance to meet.
I remember my first day at Stanstead College like it was yesterday. I remember sitting in the Colby lounge with my roommates Alyssa, Mackenzy, Abby and Alex. The names of everyone who was in our room were on our door, but there was one name that we were not expecting. We all knew each other before coming to Stanstead College, so I was excited and nervous to meet someone new. We saw someone walk through the Colby dorm door while we were in the lounge, and she looked like she might be in our grade. I was the first to start following her (not creepy at all!), but then she walked into our room. We all ran to the room and met Amanda. I had no idea she would turn out to be one of the best friends I have ever had.
Meeting Amanda was just the beginning. My first couple of years at Stanstead College, I didn’t really participate in a lot of the extra activities. I went home right after sports ended, and I didn’t make many new friends because I never stayed long enough to hang out with anybody. After a while I learned that I shouldn’t just focus on school and sports. I had to be more social and try to relax some of the time.
As a prefect, I have made new friends that I probably wouldn’t have made in 7th or 8th grade because now I have the opportunity to talk to other students and learn more about them.
Stanstead College life has taught me to make new friends and not to be scared of being myself. Throughout these four years, I have learned what it really means to have a friend. You can have a group of friends, hang out with one or two friends or move from group to group. All that matters is that the people you surround yourself with make you happy. All that matters is that the friends you are with don’t stop you from being yourself. All that matters is that you have someone to talk to about anything. Topics like a girl or boy you like, a movie you both enjoy, a joke that you think is hilarious, a teacher that gives way too much homework or an existential crisis should be shared with those people that you really trust. Keeping things bottled up inside is not good for anyone.
Of course, trying your best in school and working towards your goals is very important. Having supportive people to help you through the stress, the nervousness and the writer’s block will even further your chances of accomplishing great things. Sometimes all you need is a little break and some joking around, while other times you need someone to tell you that you should not pull an all-nighter but instead concentrate and get your assignments done early.
Friends are those special individuals who make you feel at home, are fun to be around and help you feel safe. They can help encourage you to make everyday a happy day, and sometimes all a person needs is for someone to tell them that they are there for them.
We are all different, and have different lifestyles, backgrounds and personalities, but that does not mean we can’t all be there for each other. When things are not going your way, a hug may be all that you need. In the words of Stitch, “’Ohana’ means ‘family,’ and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” Stanstead College is a family; we are a family.