This I Believe

Brittney - Penfield, New York
Entered on December 11, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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The Growth of Friends to Family

In past years, family and friends have meant two completely different things to me. They’ve been separated into two different categories by character traits. However, since arriving at college, I found that both family and friends can intermingle into one category. At first family was there to support and love me no matter what the circumstances were and friends were there to have a fun time with. However, after being at college for over a month now, I have realized that this is no longer the case when it comes to friends and family.

Here at college, I have met some of the most warm-hearted, caring people who have already made an impact in my life and will remain close to my heart for a long, long time. Back at home, I have a lot of friends, but none of which have impacted my life like my two roommates here at school. Not only are they my roommates, but they are my two best friends here at college. I always think about how lucky we are to be such close friends as well as roommates. People rarely hear of roommates becoming so close.

Not only do my roommates make my college experience more enjoyable, but like family, they support me and continue to be there for me no matter what the situation is. They have my back in good or bad and I have theirs. Although, similar to family, we tend to disappoint one another, at the end of the day we are all there for each other.

Never in a million years did I think that I would find friends who would have this type of impact on me. Not only have I found friends that I consider family, but this has also change how I view family and friends.

Now, instead of viewing friends and family as two separate groups of people, I can now think of them as one group. Friends can be there for the fun, but they can also be there for support. Both friends and family can love you for who you are and continue to be there for you. And I suppose, similar to friends, family can be there for the fun as well. After all, my two best friends make everything more fun and I consider them family.