After the presentations during the last week of laboratory sessions for my Chemistry class, I headed to a store with a friend that I made in that…

After the presentations during the last week of laboratory sessions for my Chemistry class, I headed to a store with a friend that I made in that class so she could get a teapot. On the way, we had a little discussion which made me think. She brought up the idea of how it seems to be harder to make permanent friends in college, especially within your classes, and emphasized the need for us to keep in touch. At our college, many of the classes are full-sized lectures where it may be hard to get acquainted with anyone. Even within smaller classes or discussion sections, it is not guaranteed you will be able to find people to have conversations with or friends to keep. For instance, I was rather friendly (or so I thought) with several individuals in my lab section last semester, but I have not seen them ever since or spoken to them. Therefore, I see the point in what my friend brought up. Many of these “friendships” seem rather fleeting, and sometimes I feel as if I am unable to make as many friends as I would like just in classes even though those in my classes are likely to pursue similar paths as me. Must I venture outside the classroom to establish friendships?

– Vivian

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