As we continue through life and all the twists and turns it throws at us, I have appreciated time and time again the value of a good–if not great–friendship. Whether it’s in times of joy and happiness or times of anguish and sadness, I’ve had a friend help me through in one way or another. And the weirdest thing is that sometimes, they have no idea they’re helping me. Just like I’ve probably helped out a friend without even knowing it.
Friendship and my friends is a very important factor of my life. I value my friends like my family because to me, a good friendship is as strong as a familial bond. My friends are there for me like my family. I’ve had and have many friends: ones who’ve grown toward me, who’ve grown away from me, and who I’ve grown with and they’ve grown with me. And this has caused me to grow as a person: I understand that people change; that feelings towards others ebb and flow; that it’s ok to lose a friend even if it hurts because in the end, they’ll be another friend who’s got your back and who will be there for you and you’ll be there for them.
Even more important is being a good friend. But what does that mean? I don’t think it has a straight answer; rather, it changes from friend to friend, person to person. Sometimes being a good friend means giving some advice to a friend in need; other times, it means just sitting and listening to them talk. It honestly depends. I think being a good friend is something you learn over time and the longer you have a friend, the better friends you’ll become.
As you move through you careers in college (and beyond), don’t be afraid of making new friend. Embrace friendships and learn and grow from them. Don’t be afraid that you’re growing out of a friendship; it’s perfectly natural to do so. But remember, you’ll always have a friend whether or not you realize it.
When you’re through with life and all hope is lost
Hold out your hand because friends will be friends
Right till the end.