You–a judgmental you to be exact.
So often we read articles entitled something along the lines of “The Top 5 Type of People to Avoid in College” or “The People You Won’t Be Friends with after College”. For those of us who like to take what we read as fact, we ignore or avoid these people.
By ignoring them, we may lose the chance to make a possible for friend for life.
Even worse, we may lose the opportunity to make an impact on someone.
In which your author takes a different route on a cliche topic and you may be your biggest obstacle.
Some of the best friends I have met in my two years at college are people who I would have least expected to be friends with. A few of them think like me and a few of them don’t. Some of us share the same interests, while others have opposing interests.
Either way they are still my friends.
I have one particular group of friends that consists of five of us. We met in different classes, residence halls, and so on. Our religious beliefs are different, our majors are different, and we enjoy different things. We come from different backgrounds. We watch different television shows. Some of us enjoy sports, while others do not.
None of that matters, though.
Whenever we get together, we always have the best of times. They are honestly one of my favorite parts of surviving the school day.
But enough about that.
When I first started college, it was my “blank slate”. I wanted to make friends for life that were only like me. I wanted them to like watching sports, reading books, baking, and more interests that I have.
Unknowingly, I wanted a “Regina George and the Plastics” type of lifestyle.
I didn’t get that, though, and I couldn’t be any happier with the way college has turned out so far.
You see, the only person to be aware of in college is yourself and your ability to get in the way of creating long-lasting friendships.
So what if that boy is picking his nose, or if that girl has tons of piercings? So what if you’re a Democrat and the person next to you is a Republican?
As long as there is a mutual respect for each other and each other’s beliefs, then almost anything can be overlooked.
We have the power to be our own obstacle; our own cause of unhappiness.
We also have the power to create happiness.
We have the power to create friendships.
Don’t ignore the girl who dresses differently than you or the boy with an arm filled with tattoos.
Embrace everyone with a strong stand in your beliefs as to not be swayed.
Remember, you may be the number one person to be aware of.