The beauty of diversifying your friend groups


FRIENDS. The people represented in this photo gallery reflect my different groups of friends. My friendships have changed, grown stronger and have grown apart over the years. Not only are these people I cherish but they are also the people close to my heart, who I love getting to know more and more everyday. Even though there are many pictures here, there are still so many more people that mean the world to me.


   As teenagers we all have to go through the journey of trying to find a group of people who make us feel at home, or a group of friends that seem to just click for us and allow us to be our true selves. For some, it may be easy; for others, not so much. The creation of friendships and strong bonds with people is something that occurs at it’s own individual pace with each individual human. 

   At first high school may be a difficult time for the formation of these solid relationships  because this is a period when the majority of us students are still trying to figure out who we are and what we really stand for. That is why, when we start to discover more about our identity and we find a group that supports us, we feel so attached, and comforted by these people. It leads many people to find a group and immediately stick to it. 

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a core group to spend your time with, and talk to about your life or current issues, it is also important for us not to close ourselves off to these people by themselves.  It’s important that we recognize the gift of diversifying our friendships. 

   Every single person at Sycamore has an amazing story to share, amazing advice to give, and an amazingly unique perspective to life. 

   From my experience, I think that one of the best things that has happened to me in the past year and a half is the true friendships I have formed with my classmates or friends of classmates. I always grew up with the same group of friends, and while I have not lost those bonds, I have created more with different kinds of people.  My friendships as a whole have grown. My connections with different people as a whole has grown. And with that, my happiness as a whole has grown. And I genuinely believe this is a result of spreading my wings and trying to get to know more about the people around me. 

   People never cease to amaze me with their kindness, compassion, and care for me in the few months where we have really grown as friends.  Especially when they are people who I went from being strangers to close friends in a matter of weeks, months, or years. 

   Therefore, push yourself to get to know a couple more people outside of your regular circle! You are bound to meet a couple people who may give you a fresh perspective on issues or just a couple of people who may provide you with laughter, support, academic help, someone to talk to, or just simply an additional smile to your day (and who doesn’t need another smile?). I pinky promise, a little more light will be shed onto your daily life!