notes from the dorm

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 June, 2010, 12:00am

This week, I want to talk about friends, something that is important to all of us. It is timely, too, since I am finishing school at Taft this week for the summer holidays and have to say goodbye to old and new friends.

This is particularly true when you are an international student coming from a far away country to study at a new school in a different country.

A friend is someone you can trust, someone with whom you can be comfortable, and someone to whom you can say and tell anything. A friend could be your father or mother, your sister or brother (although I am not sure I would ever tell my brother everything), another family member, or even your dog. Usually, though, a friend is someone your own age and sex, especially when you are younger, or someone with whom you go to school.

Of course, you have to feel the same way too. Friendship is a two-way street. If you are married, your husband or your wife might be your best friend. I would like to think my husband will be my friend, but I would also like to have a friend who is a girl, because I am a girl and we'd understand each other.

Now, please don't misinterpret me, I know many of you use social networking sites, which are great for exchanging information, posting your latest exploits and sending pictures. And, you probably have many 'friends' on your sites.

But the quantity is irrelevant; it is the quality of the few on whom you can rely and depend that are real friends.

Real friends do not need social hits every day.

Anyway, have a great summer and make some new friends.

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