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Ice Skating And Friends Makes The Perfect Combo

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Ice Skating is a classic winter activity. There are romantic comedy movie scenes that are set at an ice skating rink. You know the ones I am talking about. Where two people are on a date and one of the people doesn't know how to ice skating, so the other person teaches them. They skate around the rink while holding hands and looking into each other's eyes. It is like they are the only two people there.

Honestly, I hate ice skating. At least I did up until a couple weeks ago.

I have gone ice skating many times because there is a rink in my hometown. I would go with friends and we would skate around for a couple hours, but this was a rare occasion.

Maybe I used to hate it because I was really bad at it. No one ever taught me how to skate. I would hold onto the wall and push myself around with my right foot. I didn't understand how to use both feet. I couldn't gracefully transfer my weight from side to side. This definitely made it something that was hard for me to enjoy. I would get scared of falling and hold onto the wall the whole time that I was there.

The Friday before finals week started, my friends and I decided to go ice skating. It was a big group thing with a bunch of freshman and sophomores from the Cru ministry on campus. There were around 30 of us that all went together.

We took a bus to the metro and then the metro to DC. If you have ever rode the metro with 30 of your closest friends, then you know how chaotic but also how fun it is. Our mob walked down the street to get to the ice rink and that time along was so entertaining.

We got to the ice rink at about 7:00 and paid for a two hour skating pass. I had no idea how to adequately tie my skates so they would be comfortable. So, of course, I had one of my friends tie my skates for me.

I probably spent a good 20 minutes holding onto the wall while trying to skate around. I also had one of my friends pull me around the rink when the wall would get too crowded. This was all fun and helped pass the time, but still, I didn't know how to skate.

My one friend came up to me about 30 minutes into being there and said, "Kelsey I am going to teach you how to actually skate." He stood in between me and the wall told me exactly what to do. This was really helpful.

Even though, I could now kind of skate. I was still very bad and still would get nervous about being on my own. My friends were awesome about this. Different people took turns skating next to me and letting me grab onto their arms when I thought that I needed a little extra help. It was like I was just being passed around between everyone.

There were people that I went with that I hadn't talked to a whole lot. I got to bond with them while skating around in circles for two hours. It gave us a chance to talk and hang out outside of the campus. Afterward, we went to dinner and got to spend more time in community with each other.

So maybe this article was less about ice skating and more about my friends. I just can't help it though; I like to brag about them. I have met some awesome people that have helped me to grow as a person in just one short semester. It might have taken a while to establish a good friend group, but now I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. I can't wait to get to know them better and spend more time together.

On another note, ice skating is a great activity to do with your friend group. I highly recommend it.

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To The Soon-To-Be College Freshman Who Think They'll Keep Their High School Friends, Know This

You will maybe talk to 10 people back from your high school while your in college.

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I know what you are thinking "Of course I am going to still talk to all my high school friends once we graduate." "You just didn't keep up with your friends." "I am going to talk to them every day."

Of course, you may be the lucky ones that go on to the same college and university, but if you follow your best friend to college then have you ever thought to yourself. "Did I choose my school based on if my friend(s) would go to college together." Obviously, it could be coincidental that you end up in the same place, but my argument is more on the idea of having friends that go to the same college on your list of important things once you move away.

Now if you are still reading and still in denial with what I am saying then continue.

Since moving away from home I have broadened my horizons and met more people then I could ever have imagined. I have met people that if I have not kept an open mind to them I would not be friends with them now. You will most likely choose the same type of friends that you had in high school if you do not keep an open mind when finding friends in college.

You also do not want to be that person who refuses to make other friends besides their high school friends. I hate to break it to you, but your high school friends will find other friends beside you when they leave for college/university. This time in your life is supposed to be "a new chapter" if you do not branch out of your comfort zone then you will be stuck in a little bubble for the rest of your life.

Not only will your friends in your high school class be making friends, but you need to make friends that are in the same stage of life that you are also in. Still talking to high school aged friends will limit you from conversations due to distance, lack of relevance, and just not going through the same stuff as you.

Sounds daunting? I know.

I am not saying that you can not be friends still with your high school friends. From time to time I catch up with mine to see how the school is going for them, and how they are doing, but I am building and forming relationships with my friends at college because you have had to start up from ground zero, and will be forming a foundation until we graduate.

Even when you have broken it is nice to hang out with your high school friends and talk about the good old days. My point to you is to keep an open mind and to not get upset when high school friends have moved on and found their new friends from school just like you.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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