The One About Friends

In chairs circled around a wooden table, the group leaned in towards each other, holding hands. “Let’s say a prayer,” said the blonde, on whom all eyes had focused.  People of different faiths exchanged worried looks between each other before the blonde opened his mouth to speak again. “Our Savior, Lin-Manuel Miranda, thank you for bringing us together…” It was a prayer that everyone could get behind because it brought us closer, uniting us behind a common being — the playwright who created the hit musical, Hamilton, is definitely a savior to all of us.

My Stevens family is a group of kids from diverse backgrounds, cultures, races, sexualities, and ideals. We have different majors and interests, our personalities clash on occasion, and our political views don’t always align. Yet, I couldn’t imagine praying to Lin-Manuel with any other group of people. I don’t know anyone else who would skip down the hill with me just because I was getting bored of walking. So, I thought today would be a good day to talk about four types of friends I’ve met in college.

The Musically Talented One: You’re either friends with the entire music department at your school, or have a friend with hidden musical talents. Either way, they’re usually one of the more entertaining friends in your group. Always on their game and knowing the songs playing in Pierce or breaking out into songs you never knew existed, this friend keeps the party alive no matter where you are.

The Politically Woke One: This friend probably started the prayer at dinner and is most likely going to run for a position on the Student Government Association. They always know the latest things in the news and always have a fact-based opinion on the topics. Conversations are never dull when they’re around and they help you to keep your mind open to ideas you wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

The Insanely Smart One: One of the Pinnacle Scholars of the group, this friend is always well-intentioned when helping with your Calculus homework. That isn’t to disregard the fact that it hurts your ego when you always have to ask for their help with difficult topics. They’ll claim they aren’t that smart, but they probably find a complicated subject to be ‘fun.’ They always have an answer to every question, even the ones you didn’t know required answers. It’s always fun to be around a brainiac, though.

The Lost One: This friend is constantly on the verge of dropping out or switching their major. They’re confused on where they are in life and have no idea where they want to be in four years. They barely know who they are, but they always do their best to validate others who are feeling the same way. They’re constantly switching things up and are always there when you’re beginning to feel lost as well.

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of what it’s like to be in my friend group, go ahead and see what kinds of friends are in your own group! Stevens is very diverse, so it’s likely that no two groups of friends are exactly alike.