"Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."-Mohammad Ali
Had I ever felt so close to my friends before? No. The bus ride up was probably one of my best times on a bus, laughing, playing a card game and watching a movie while talking about the ridiculous scenes. I never thought a bus ride could ever be enjoyable. Could you say we bonded up there? Depends how you are implying it. I can't say I now know everyone in the class, but I can say I understand them better. Up in Caribou I learned new things about everyone and I became a little bit of a better friend with the whole class. Caribou guided me down the right path of friendship, now it's up to me to follow that path.
I consider everyone in my class my friend, but what is a friend was my question. Until Caribou I never really knew, but when I was climbing the climbing wall, or when I was going up to the zip line, I heard my friends saying "You can do it!". This is what I now see as a friend. Jumping and trusting my friends would catch me when I tried to grab the pole but accidentally missed, that is friendship.
Up in Caribou we did a lot of bonding experiences, the twelve foot wall, the rope swing over water, the spider web and the walk with the two wooden poles. My favorite was probably the twelve foot wall. When Stephan and Matt let me stand on their shoulder so I was able to reach blake's hand who pulled me up to the point where patrick grabbed my leg to help me swing over was one of the scariest and most thrilling thing I did in Caribou. It does not sound scary, but for a person afraid of heights it was terrifying. The thing that put my fear of heights away was me knowing my friends were ready to catch me. There was also the spider web, where Sedarth led us. We had to go through different holes that all were different sizes. once we went through one hole, we could not go through it again. When It was my turn to go through I had to be carried by my classmates through one skinny hole. It was terrifying and fun at the same time. Everyone who wanted got a chance to lead us, everyone was respectful of each other and everyone had a chance to talk. This helped all of us learn to respect each other more.
The second night we went out to a campfire. At the campfire we all told riddles and different stories. Everyone had a chance to contribute and it was a lot of fun. Some people taught us new cheers that we all sang together. There were also some funny jokes. At the end of the campfire we all told our goals for the year. Mine were: "I will strive to help younger students at Fenn and I want to know all of you guys (my class mates) better".
Have I ever felt so close to my friends before? No--until now.