Make New Friends
Public speaking was a great challenge. It was probably the hardest one yet because being the center of attention like that brings out the natural shyness in many of us.
I honestly did not feel confident that I was going to be able undertake Toastmasters and public speaking. I’ve always hated presentations and even the word “presentation” or “oral report” was enough to make my stomach churn and my heart race. In the past I’ve worried weeks before presentations in school and have had trouble sleeping and concentrating on anything else but the presentation.
Of course, I still get nervous for a presentation. I still worry about forgetting what I’m saying or making a fool of myself. But I’ve gotten a lot better at quieting my negative voice and magnifying my positive voice. This has definitely helped reduce the time I’ve spent worrying about an upcoming presentation or speech. I’ve felt less stressed.
Even though I’m moving on to my next goal now, I am continuing with Toastmasters, like I have continued with my other goals. It is a fairly big time commitment since it is every week, but I know that the benefits of this educational program will be extraordinary.
But now, it is time for another goal.
It’s time…to make new friends.
High school ended. College is starting. It’s the prime time for me to move out of my comfort zone and expand my circle of friends. Several high school friends are moving away, and although several of my friends are still going to be in the area, I think it’s important to meet new people too.
When you go to a four year college, it is supposedly a lot easier to make friends. You share a dorm room with someone, who could be a potential friend, or who could be a potential nightmare. You live on campus so you are surrounded by thousands of other people around your age. There are house parties, clubs and organizations, sports, campus events, and so forth.
Community college, however, is different. A majority of the students come to school, take their classes, and then head home or off to work. There aren’t living arrangements on campus. There aren’t as many campus events, if any. Making new friends is a little harder.
One of the main reasons why I wanted desperately to go to a four-year school before was to make new friends. My brother Andrew made a family away from home while he was at UC San Diego. He is still good friends with many of them today, even though they live in different parts of the country. My brother Sean spent his first few years at community college, but didn’t really make any friends there. It wasn’t until he went to Sonoma State that he met Brian, who welcomed him into his large circle of friends.
I realize it’ll be easier to make more friends once I transfer to a four-year school, but I want to make the most of my experience at community college. I’ve learned so much from the friends I’ve made in the past and I really love getting to know people. My hope now is that I can make some new friends. The trouble is, how do I go about doing that?
My main idea is to make at least one friend in each of my classes this semester. I don’t know if I’ll be able to join school clubs where I realize it would be a lot easier to meet people, but I can make friends in my courses. Since I have little time with six classes and a new job, I’ll have to get creative. I can meet friends of my new friends. I can meet friends of my current friends. I can make my friend search well-known, so people know I am looking to meet new people and would love to be introduced.
College is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings, and I am more than ready to come in with a clean slate. If I make an effort, I believe it will be possible to make friends at community college. It’s all about making that first move and seeing where it goes from there.
Who knows who I could meet if I just try?