You meet new people each day no matter where you go. As an incoming freshman going to college in a completely different state than your high school friends, it was a big change since you probably did not know anyone. Although I came to Ohio Northern knowing people, a class or three above me, who went to the same high school as I did yet no one that I graduated high school with came to Northern.  

I am an introverted extrovert type of person. I have to talk to you at least four to five more times to be able to open up and to be completely myself. It was hard for me to talk to people or initiate conversations but I made an effort to talk during our Orientation day and Welcome Back Weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I loved meeting new people and making friends but it just takes me a little bit of time to fully trust you. 

Looking back to my freshman year, I do not regret a single thing. I did understand that friends come and go. So, to the friends I made in freshman year and aren’t friends with anymore, you all helped me realize that I am so much more than someone that you can just walk all over on. To the friends that I made freshman year and are still friends with, I appreciate all of the support from then until today and for helping me realize who I can trust. Lastly, to the friends that I have made throughout my time here at Northern, thank you for always being there when I needed you and for trusting me to be there for you.

A note to remember: If friends make you feel worthless or bad about yourself constantly, they are not worth your time. Drop them, move on, and find other people that you can actually trust and support you through anything.

Old Friends and New Friends, both have helped shape the person who I have become today. Sometimes the people that you have or will be known for a shorter amount of time may really have a bigger impact on you than those that you have known forever.

If friends make you feel worthless or bad about yourself constantly, they are not worth your time.

Kathleen Tran

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