This I Believe

Patrick - Wilmington, Massachusetts
Entered on February 6, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Fitz English 1

This I Believe Essay

The Goodness of Creating Friendship

It was March 10th, 2006. I had been anxiously waiting for this day for months. My father’s phone rang. I wasn’t home at the time. On the phone, I heard my mother say, “He got in!” When I heard this, words could not describe the way I felt. I had kept this a secret amongst my fellow friends at school and was going to wait to tell them. That is when the final day of sixth grade had come around. The day I had to face my friends. The one thing in the back of my mind was, how will I make new friends if I am leaving these friends behind.

My friends faces looked glum. I was sad to be leaving them behind. I had made a pact with my friend Tim that I was to spend the whole summer with him. As summer had finally come around, I had realized that was not going to be as easy as I thought. Fenn requires you to read 5 books over the summer. I was more occupied with that, rather than with my friends. It was amusing to them that I had to read so many books, because they only had to read one. Although I was able to spend a lot of time with them, it was not as much as I wanted. The lingering thought in the back of my mind was, what are the students going to be like at Fenn?

The final day of summer hit me fast. I had known that I was leaving my old friends, and hopefully, making knew ones. For my first day, I didn’t want to be late so I made sure that my whole family was up by 6:50. When I had woken, I ate a quick breakfast, brushed my teeth, and was out the door and into the car. Again, I was just sitting and thinking. The 30 minute ride had come to a close. I stepped out of the car, said bye to my father, and walked into school. I had learned earlier that my adviser was Mr. Rude. After we had an assembly, I went into his room to meet my new class mates. They were all very nice, and treated me well. We started with a quick game to get to know everyone, where they’re from, their name, and so on. It was great to meet new people. My whole theory that my first day was going to be bad, had taken a complete U-Turn. It ended up being a great one!

This I believe that you definitely cannot judge a book by its cover. I went into this experience thinking that I was going to have no friends, and that it was going to be a terrible experience. Now to this day, I feel very comfortable in going to school at Fenn. Everyone is kind, and caring. My new friends at school are great, and I hope to continue a friendship with them long after school is over. Now, High School is nearing, and I am afraid to leave these new friends, but that is a whole other story!