The Joy of Friendship

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The Joy of Friendship

Friends can be an incredible source of joy and wisdom (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212).

Friends can be an incredible source of joy and wisdom (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212

Friends can be an incredible source of joy and wisdom (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212).

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212

Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212

Friends can be an incredible source of joy and wisdom (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ichigo121212).

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There is an epidemic that is sweeping the globe, sucking more and more people in by the minute. What is this timeless, incurable infection? Friendship: the bond we share with another human being. Perhaps it’s the new kid at the lunch table or someone you have literally grown up with. Whoever or wherever they may be, friends are those special people in our lives who nourish our souls and accompany us through life.  

“I think that we are inherently social creatures and search out connections. You need someone to need you and not feel like you’re just here with no impact. People need to feel that someone will miss them,” said English and Yearbook teacher Jessica Cheek.

Friends can be present to remind us that the little things in life truly matter and help lift our spirits.

“Even though there are ups and downs, you can depend on your friend. [My favorite moment is] when my friends and I find something funny and laugh for hours,” said freshman Madison Walters.  

The people we choose to spend our time with can often influence our perception about relationships in life.

“My best friend is my older sister, Shannon. She is very bossy but is always there for me and makes me laugh. She has taught me that if you love somebody, you should always love them even if you don’t agree with them. Those kinds of relationships are the most important in life,” said Senior Project teacher Lauren Lehman.

Often, friends teach us valuable insights about ourselves and even something new.

“Devki Bhatt has taught me to live loosely and be myself because she accepts me the way I am. I enjoy going to school dances with her, and she makes school events fun,” said junior Daelyn Anderson.

Even though friends may be present simply to brighten a class, some friends may mean so much more than that.

“When I studied abroad in Argentina, I only knew one other person from my college. This girl who went to Clemson as well was placed with a family next door to my family host. We became best friends and were inseparable. I ended up having surgery there, and it was scary going under the knife in a foreign country where I couldn’t even communicate with the nurses. It was nice to have people who you trusted. If I couldn’t have my family, it was pretty nice to have [my friends],” said Cheek.

While some people may strategically plan certain friendships, others allow friends to walk into their lives.

“I usually form my friendships out of awkwardness. [A good friend would be] someone that understands my jokes and has a sense of humor. [We form friendships] to have someone to lean on when you can’t accomplish something by yourself. There are people willing to be your friend as long as you are willing [to be theirs],” said freshman Sean Wisely.

Perhaps what friendships teach us about life can be summed up in one simple sentence:

“There are good people out there,” said freshman Sarah Wallace.

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