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Friendship can lift you up, strengthen and empower you, or break you down, weaken and defeat you” (32). In The Pact, George, Rameck, and Sam lifted each other through the hard times. They helped each other reach their dreams, even though they had their rough times. George, Rameck, and Sam all lived troubled lives while growing up. They all suffered with financial problems, and judicial problems. Their friendship helped them succeed and eventually gave them a more stable live style. Friendship is very powerful and can help you in so many ways.
Many high school seniors are excited about going to college. Meeting new people, trying new things, and finding who they are, are all things they look forward to. But, not until a few days before the big move out, do they become nervous. To me, overcoming the transition to college was very difficult, and would have been more difficult if I did not have friends to encourage me.
I was filled with excitement throughout the entire summer. I could not wait to get out of Scranton to expand my horizons. As the summer progressed, the excitement grew. When receiving the room assignments, I was shaking with nerves to see who I would be living with. I remember seeing their names and immediately forming a stereotype of them just by the looks of their name. A week before moving out, reality hit me like a gigantic rock. The feelings that were excitement were now anxiety. I was scared about leaving my safety zone. I knew many people in Scranton, and fit in well. I did not know anyone that was attending Penn State Harrisburg, I was alone for the first time in my life.
I began to look at college as a fresh start of life. I had the opportunity to change anything I want about myself. However, the day before leaving, I wanted to change my mind, I no longer wanted to leave everything that I have known for my entire life. But, I refused to show my new feelings because I knew it was a common feeling among other college bound freshman. After some tears and deep breathes, I realized I always wanted to go away to school and if I backed out, I would regret my decision for the rest of my life.
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Move in day arrived quickly. The seven o’clock wake up call, followed by the rushed packing of the vehicles. It became so real to me when I was saying good-bye to all my neighbors who were also leaving for college for the first time. After wishing each other the best of luck in school, the next thing I knew, we were on the road traveling to what was going to be my new home. I made sure to wear my sunglasses to hide the look of fear in my eyes. I had the occasional one or two tears, but that was it. I thought I was doing extremely well considering what a mess I was the night before. Just as Rameck said, “I can’t remember ever feeling more proud of myself” (145). I felt as he did. I was so proud of myself that I did not change my mind when the times were rough.
When arriving on campus, I felt overwhelmed with more joy than fear. We parked the car and I stepped outside. The moment I placed my foot on the ground, I took a deep breath and looked around at what was my new home. My family quickly began unpacking the contents of the car into my room. That was just complete chaos, as it was for all new students. After figuring out how to arrange my room, I quickly got settled. After things were in order, my family and I went to dinner and then it was time for the goodbyes. It was hard but I fought the urge to break down in front of my family.
When they left I knew that was it, there was no looking back. I came here for a reason and I would never allow myself to quit. I soon realized I needed some friends that I can connect with. After the first few days, I began meeting new people. I soon found a group of friends whom I was completely comfortable with.
These new friends have picked me up when I have fallen. Shortly after I moved in, one of my friends from home experienced a tragedy. Her father had died. This was extremely painful for me. My new friends at school comforted me and told me everything would be fine. When I needed them they have never turned me away. When they need me I will always listen no matter the time of the day. Sure we have our disagreements, but that is what makes us strong friends. Just as in The Pact, “Friendship can lift you up, strengthen and empower you, or break you down, weaken and defeat you” (32). My new friendships can help me reach my goals just by helping me through the rough times. Rameck says “And don’t forget – when you touch another person’s life, the gift keeps on multiplying” (149). The friends I have made here have touched my life. They have gotten me to come out of my shell and not be that shy girl I was in Scranton. They taught me not to judge people just because they are different. My friends here have lifted me up, strengthened and empowered me just as George, Rameck, and Sam did for each other.