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Meet Katie, the summer 2016 ICI Intern: I’m Katie Goodrich, a rising senior journalism major at an ICI member campus. I believe in grammar, justice and the right to ice cream. I am fluent in English, sarcasm and gibberish. My talents include an incredible memory for '90s song lyrics, power naps and having just enough bad luck to produce great anecdotes.



 


Missing Friends, While Making New Ones

August 17, 2016

College is a whole new world for everyone, and some people have a hard time leaving high school in the past and focusing on the present in college.

On my first day on campus, I knew exactly two people. They were both older than me and from my hometown.

But they had their own friends and didn’t have to do any of the freshman events. And my roommate had two of her closest friends from high school living on our floor. So I was basically on my own.

This wasn’t the case for long, though, because there were so many mingling events and ice breakers meant to help us get to know people that I made new friends pretty quickly.

I missed high school simply because it was easier. All my friends were there, we had the same lunch hour, and I knew there would always be someone to talk to in the halls during passing period.

But college isn’t supposed to be easy. I had to put in the effort to make friends—and develop relationships beyond just being Facebook friends.

I constantly looked for commonalities in our history or similarities in taste of music and movies to bond with the people around me. I clicked with some people pretty quickly, and we started hanging out after classes or going to the library together to study.


It was hardest when telling stories though. My college friends didn’t know my high school friends, so they didn’t laugh at my weird jokes or know what to say when I saw on Facebook that someone from high school got engaged.

I missed my hometown friends, but we kept in touch and saw each other over breaks.

And it got easier over time, just like most things. My college friends starting learning about my hometown friends, and we started creating our own inside jokes that we could all laugh about together.

Balancing two groups of friends who come from different backgrounds and who know you in different settings is strange, but it’s all a part of going to college.

Like the saying goes: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other’s gold. 



 

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