People Change

By Mckayla, age 15, Canada

What is your favourite thing about going back to school? That was a question people asked me all the time before I recently headed back to school for another year of learning. What did I like about going to school? The only exciting thing I could think of was seeing all my friends again whom I haven't seen for two whole months this summer.

On the first day of school I walked into the building, checked the paper to see what my homeroom was, then joined a group of my friends I had grown up with. I spoke to them a lot during the summer and we were pretty close, but I had other friends too. At lunch I started walking around the school, looking for other people to talk to about my summer, and seeing how their summer went, but it was different. All of my old friends who had stayed with me in my first year (grade nine), scared of their new surroundings, had changed - they didn't speak to me anymore. I wondered why.

The same thing continued for the whole first week of school. They didn't even smile at me or say 'hi' in the halls. After a while I figured that they had all changed and found new friends. A group of girls I knew who were all best friends soon changed and were no longer friends; a group of guys I knew were all best friends, but they too had changed and were no longer friends.

In life you will lose and gain friends, you will make new ones, and you may wonder what happened to the old ones. People change for many reasons, whether their new group of friends influence them or they change just because they want to. Just think, though ... in a way you always will be friends.

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March 15, 2012

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