Often, I am asked what the one thing I will take away from my time at university is. I think back to all of my classroom lectures about P2 cameras and sociological theories, but even those lessons don’t add up to the life lessons I have learned from my friends.

I have noticed that far too often people aspire to have the most likes on a post or plan to have the most friends show up for an event in their name. But I believe that quality of friends you make are more important than the amount you have.

As I get ready to walk the stage and grab my diploma (walk across the stage diploma first), I think back to those who have been an influence on my time at Huntington.

Tashnah Dixon

Tashnah Dixon has taught me to live each day with happiness and a positive outlook. Whether it’s fainting on a paddleboat or dancing down the mall on campus, Tashnah has shown me that each day is worth going all out for. I randomly met this Jamaican girl sitting by herself in the HUB and that transformed into the relationship we have now.

Logan Hunt

Logan Hunt has shown me how to keep moving forward even if I have three video projects and two essays. I mean, maybe it’s okay to skip class once in awhile because a Duke game is on, but he has taught me not to get caught up in the daily stress that is university.

Dawid Baronowski

Dawid Baronowski is probably the most politically intelligent friend that I have. During the time of Trump’s journey to the presidency, don’t even get me started, Dawid would educate me each day on what the newest information was on Clinton and Trump’s campaign. Also, Dawid did a good job at teaching me how to pick and choose what I eat in the dining commons. Being told that I was eating all of my week’s calories in one sitting wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but looking back, I can realize that Dawid was just looking out for me.

The Village

Finally, “The Village.” Each and every day, they taught me to live each day to the fullest. Whether it was sitting in the dining commons for three hours and taking over the music or crawling across logs, “The Village” has provided some of my most memorable university moments.

I explained each of these relationships to show that it’s not the number of friends I made that’s been influential, but the people I’ve befriended instead. These are the people that left an impact on me. These are the individuals who have influenced my university experience. I could have made hundreds of friends in my time here, but I’m content with the few that I had the experience of growing closer to.