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    Jin Baek

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    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Jin's Bio:
    Hi, there! I'm Jin, and I am a passionate, talkative, dessert fanatic. Poems, good books, coconut water, and action movies make me happy. If we ever meet in person, you'll definitely hear me before you see me. You'll want to ask how many energy drinks I've had, but the answer will always be zero.

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A Reflection on Friendship

When I think back to my high school days, the one thing that sticks out to me (when I ignore the harsh memories of hormonal imbalances and thinking I was all grown up and had my life figured out) is the group of best friends that I had. My high school friends kept me sane throughout the monotonous daily life of a high school career, and I sure had a lot of them.

I remember I had so many friends in every single class, and I would see them all the time and I knew their names and we would sometimes even eat lunch together, and eventually, my classmates became my friends. Those I grew closer to became my best friends. And my friends in high school were so important to me for so many reasons.

When I came to college, I realized that friendship looks different here.

My classes are usually 20-30 students total, which is very similar to my high school class sizes, and the bigger lectures have around 50-70 students in my experience. But in college, I don’t find myself trying to make friends with every single person I sit next to in every single class that I have. Most of the time, I don’t even know the name of the person sitting next to me, nevermind eat lunch with them. Group members go back to being strangers after the project is turned in. Lab partners become vaguely familiar faces in the hallway. Classmates become nothing more than just that–classmates. Friendships aren’t forged everywhere we go.

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time.

I hold onto the handful of people that I trust and care about, and I spend whatever time I can with them when I’m done being busier than I ever thought I could be.

But what’s special about those few real friendships that I have in college is that they will most likely be lifelong friendships in the end.

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