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Make New Friends but Keep the Old

Recently, my friends from home decided to visit me here at Luther. Excited yet scared, I agreed to their request to see me. I immediately thought about the new friends I made at college. Would they get along with my friends at home? Will my friends at home enjoy my new friends? My mind filled with doubts. I went through a great deal of change from high school to now. The friends I have now are very different than the friends I have at home. I worried that the differences would be too much for everyone. While worry was my main emotion, I was also excited to see my friends and show them what Luther is all about.

My friends arrived last Friday and most of my worries went away. It was so good to reunite after weeks of not seeing each other. I showed them around campus and we grabbed some dinner in the cafeteria. We finished our meal and began to walk back to my dorm room. It was time for my friends from home to meet my new friends. Some of my worry began to make a comeback. I took a deep breath and called my friends up and asked them if the could meet me in my room. They agreed and eventually came to my room. I introduced everyone and hoped for the best. Things were a little awkward at first, but not for long. Slowly, the room was filled with interesting conversations and explosions of laughter. My worries began to fade away. It was truly amazing to see just how well everybody got along. I didn’t feel anxious anymore. I was able to relax and laugh with the friends I made a long time ago along with my friends I made in college.

This past weekend could NOT have been more incredible. Not only did I get to hang out with some amazing people, everyone got along so well. I noticed that my friends from home and my friends here at Luther had more similarities than I imagined. Doubts and fears controlled my mind but those feelings were not necessary. While I am so happy with the people I have met at Luther, it is so important to maintain friendships from your past as well. I am who I am because of the friends from my past along with the friendships I have created at college.

Tamar Tedla

Tamar Tedla

Tamar is a sophomore from Saint Paul, Minnesota studying Social Work and Sociology. She is incredibly involved on campus, paricipating in SAC Concerts, SAC Cinema, SAC Events, Black Student Union, PRIDE, Choir, Vocal Jazz, Beautiful Mess, Active Minds, and theatre. When she graduates, Tamar would like to work with people with disabilities, and hopefully own a cat.

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A picture of me and some of my high school buddies.
A photo of me and some of my friends here at Luther.

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