Dawson Camp

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Branching Out

When I moved schools my tenth-grade year, I remember it was one of the hardest things I did in high school. When I got there, I came with two friends, one of whom later left, and I quickly became a sort of lone wolf. I learned that branching out is one of the hardest yet best things that you can do in life. 

When I first moved to Donoho in tenth grade, I had two friends that moved with me from my previous school and a few acquaintances that I knew from Donoho already. So I started talking to people, and then I had leg surgery and became a sort of recluse. Then came a junior year and I once again had leg surgery but decided to make the best of it, and I followed the words of Diana Patton who said, “Put Yourself Out There, Let Others Deal With It.”

I recall walking in on the first day of my junior year without crutches, and the room was cold as ice. As usual, people were talking within their cliques to themselves, and when I first sat down I felt overwhelmed because it was the week before homecoming and my first day back walking, but I also felt an overwhelming sense of insecurity. So I took these feelings and decided to throw myself into the cliques and become acquainted with them. While doing this, I noticed a friend group that wasn’t really a clique just friends of each other who also had other friends. It was here that I found some of my best friends. 

So when I continued to talk to the friend group throughout the day, I found many similarities between us all. We liked the same things and generally had the same personalities, and so my first new friend group was born. I hung out with them the rest of the day, and at the end of the day we all went to the pep rally together, and that’s when my high school perspective changed a great deal. They did not know, but by inviting me to go rolling with them for junior/senior wars, I felt included for the first time since moving.

That night I went home and told my mom about my new found friends and told her how I felt included for the first time in a year and about that time I got added into a group chat with my friends and we talked about our rolling trip. So we got to our first night of rolling, and we truly had the best time. At one of the houses we went to, I was hobbling around with my boot on my foot, and right as we were starting to roll, someone turned a light on, and we all ran back to the cars, and I hobbled as fast as I could. Then right as I was making it back to the car BAM! One of my friends opened the car door into me, and I fell to the ground laughing. When I got up, I was laughing and saw all of my friends laughing with me other than the one who hit me with the door, and she said she was sorry and that she was only trying to help me get in the car faster when she opened the door for me.

In conclusion, I learned that branching out is one of the hardest yet best things that you can do in life. This is one of the best things that I ever learned, and this has gained me life-long friends.

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