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The Importance of Cliques
While we have all seen groups in schools, both in reality and movies, that prefer to remain in their own private circles, they are not all quite as predictable or stereotypical as we may think. Although in my experience, the social lines blur in the years transcending from high school to college. In the teenage years, there is the pressure of seeking the right kind of friends. For most everyone, there also lies the dilemma of either doing what is considered “socially” acceptable or just doing whatever you may want to do despite what others think. When I was in school, I hung out with the people who made me feel comfortable and where I was not afraid of saying the wrong thing at an inappropriate time. In the past few years, I have seen the groups of ‘cliques’ disappear and students just being around people they like due to common interests and not due to being in a phony group of students who might have the wrong idea of what a true friend is.
The Need for Friends
In the turmoil of attending school and the impending worry of choosing colleges, there is usually a confidant or somebody one can pour their heart out to in their moments of weakness. Even my days in university, my friends have helped through some difficult times as well as listened to tangents of rage and confusion of what to do. It is understandable that not everyone is a social butterfly. Some may prefer to confess problems to close family and embrace them for comfort in stressful sections of a busy semester. After an unmerciful exam or a pile of homework looming ahead in the awaiting night, it’s always nice to have a shoulder to cry on at the end of a long day. Every student has a limit where one can feel lonely and unaccepted by the demands of turning into an adult and leaving a carefree childhood behind. It is not weakness if somebody cannot make it alone. It is simply in the balance of human nature to desire companionship to keep one in line and on the right track so all the effort of making it to the top will not come crashing down in the wake of one mistake.
As with most growing youth, there is the inevitable possibility that friends will move onto different places to pursue their own paths in life, whether it’s to obtain a worthwhile job, attending a higher-level school or meeting their lifelong soulmate. As depressing as it may be to lose a friend to the tides of adulthood, now there are ways to keep in touch. People can meet on the Internet. Simply through e-mail or Skype communication, there are numerous methods to keep in touch with friends in spite of the miles between locations. One simply must not give up so easily. If estrangement sets in through the years, then it proves that some people change as they grow older, although that fact in itself is not an unfortunate event. However the outcome results, a friendship can remain strong in the institution of education.