Have you ever looked at someone and thought, “I wish everything would be the same. I wished we continued to talk?” Immediately, feelings of nostalgia intrude your memories, and all you have left is a sense of hopelessness. You instantly feel regret to what you may have said and the actions that might have caused the distance and awkwardness between you and that one particular person. Or, on the other hand, you might have also uttered in your mind, “Wow, I’m so glad we don’t talk anymore.” Then, trillions of bad memories and not-so-fond moments rush to your head. Well, welcome to high school. In high school, this kind of talk and dialogue happens five times a week while walking through the big yet, narrow hallways.  No matter how hard you try to avoid people, the hallways always come back with a vengeance, leading you to that one person you might have wanted to dodge.           

In the last year of middle school, I vividly remember an upperclassmen telling me that friends will always come and go in high school. Me, being naïve and inexperienced, thought that such thing would never happen to me. I thought that my group of friends would always stay by my side and I would do the same for them. However, sadly, the wise words of the upperclassmen were absolutely correct. It is safe to say that in high school, students really get the chance to realize who was there for them, and those who literally, came and left. With my group of friends, there wasn’t a particular argument that caused distance. To be honest, disagreements don’t always result in distance. It can simply be the fact that in high school, you really are just a small fish in a big pond. High school is a place where you get to meet so many new people, some that are just candidly outside your element. Meeting new people and clicking with them right away can cause separation with the ones you once shared a close friendship or bond with.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that everyone entering high school will have a completely new center of friends. In fact, I know some people that have been best friends since elementary school. However, this distance of people you were once close with can result in heartache and distrust. Furthermore, people may not realize this, but sometimes distance can be a good thing. For example, if distance never happened to me, I probably would have never met the people in my life today. So there you go; when people tell you that you might have completely different friends in high school, use your own judgment! (Or you should probably believe them!)

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