Student Post: Friendship Through My Eyes
It’s no secret that friendship forms an integral part of the Reach Cambridge experience. Whether you join us in Cambridge for our Spring or Summer international study program, you are guaranteed to meet other young people from around the world, and make friendships that literally go the distance!
We asked 2018 Spring student Kharanshu what friendship means to him:
In today’s social media driven world, one can control or perform almost any thinkable task at the click of a button. You can add friends at the click of a button and keep them updated with your latest tweets or pictures. The number of your virtual friends and followers may increase with each passing day… but have you ever wondered how many of them will stand by you in the days to come?
What is Friendship? (We don’t have to agree!)
So what does friendship actually mean? To me, friendship is a shared understanding which helps those friends to evolve. True friends are the ones who understand you and the various aspects of your life. They are the ones who take time to talk to you if you need to be corrected, without embarrassing you in public. They encourage your self-confidence, and respect you and your views. Friends tend to show patience and lend their ears. Something is wrong if your friends agree with you all the time.
“I cannot wait to learn how we connect even though we have come from countries that are far apart!”
Another important part of friendships is how to keep them. Friendship is about cherishing memories, even if some barriers break the contact between friends. I believe that friendship is not a deal or a give-and-take business. Many people may forget the friends they made in their childhood; perhaps making friends at school and then parting ways when they start their university life. Reflecting on a quote by the author Charles Caleb Colton:
“Friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.”
This doesn’t mean that one should not make new friends. One should do so, but must also let old friendships grow.
Making Likeminded Friends
Having shared my thoughts on the qualities of good friends and keeping friendships, let me tell you more about how one can start making friends. Well, friendship is one mind and two bodies. When I try to make friends, I look for someone who has a thought process similar to me and likes what I like. This helps in making friendships last longer.
So as I pack my bags for my educational sojourn to Cambridge to study in UK on this short Computer Science & Maths course, I will do everything to make lasting friendships, to keep in touch even after we have parted ways. I believe that friendship in the unique Reach Cambridge environment will result in a lot of teaching and self- development, especially staying in dormitory-style rooms. I cannot wait to learn how we connect even though we have come from countries that are far apart! It will open my mind to new cultures, good habits, clear myths and misunderstandings. And, of course, I will learn to have fun in ways I would never have imagined!
As Kharanshu says, with shared interests, your international friendships are already off to a head-start! Perhaps, like him, you are interested in Computer Science or Maths – or even Computer Science and Maths?! We also offer arts subjects, such as English Literature, and humanities such as Law, for a taster of what it would be like to study on a higher education level. Come expand your education in UK! For more from our students about their experience of friendships at Reach Cambridge, check out this blog or head to our Instagram and search the hashtag #reachcambridge2018 to see students’ posts firsthand! (If you’re running short on time, we’ve selected some of our favourites here.)