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The confidence to change
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
I had the choice to either stay where I was and keep my friends or go to move forward and leave the people I knew. I entered Thompson Hall wondering where my advisory was. I walked down the hall nervous about coming to a new school. I didn't know what to expect, and I didn't know whether I was ready or not. I entered the first room I saw which was my advisory. I saw many people I didn't know but whom I had intended to become friends with. I got to my desk and put all my things in the cabinet. I only knew one person from my last school, and starting over was not something that I wanted to do. Since I didn't know anybody I sat and quietly waited. I knew that coming to this new school would require some getting used to, but I was willing to change. I wanted to get to know more people and make the most out of this school. I knew that I would have to be more social, or I would end up with no friends. In the coming months I would learn that I would have to change, or no one would know who I was.
One of the first times I had ever worked with anybody was in my 4th grade social-studies class. I was paired up with Henry Warzecha and Paul Emello, and we had to come up with a way to summarize the novel Hatchet. I remember us not having any ideas, and the only thing I could come up with was to make a hatchet out of a pencil and duct tape. After some debating we came up with the idea to make our presentation like a game show. This was one of the first times I made friends with people I knew nothing about. Paul and I ended up becoming best friends, and I hoped to make more.
With this new confidence I started to talk to more people. During the 5th grade a couple of people had come to the school who were new. One of those people was Danny Kent. I didn't know Danny so I decided to go up to him.
"Hey what's up?" I asked.
"Nothing much," he said.
I later discovered that we both liked to play video games, and that he had the same games that I had. We started playing games together, and Paul later joined us. This was the start of our friendship, and I knew that we would get to know each other better later on.
I will have to go to another school next year, and I now know that it is a good thing to be willing to change the way you interact with other people. When I came to The Fenn School I had to be more social and out going otherwise I wouldn't of have made any new friends. Change is essential to fitting in, and to becoming a better person. Only when you take the risk of changing and push yourself to be more outgoing can you become a better friend. I became a better friend by learning to relate to people. Confidence is the key to success.