friend thirty-six.

November 9, 2011 at 4:47 am 4 comments

ok. new college.

new college was sort of a haven for weirdos. that was a big part of its charm for me. there were normal people who came, judged and/or were judged, and left. but then there were also the special few normal-seeming people who for some reason managed to thrive there socially, always being friendly to those of us who were waving our freak flags high.

to me, friend thirty-six, “amy,” was one of those rare special people. and ironically, even though she was always friendly and she ran with a crowd of people who weren’t quite normal, i was always a little nervous that somehow her theoretical normalcy and my obvious oddness would clash, and so we never really bonded in the way that i think we could have– because if you thrive at new college, you probably have some charmingly odd characteristics.

since new college, she has married her college sweetheart and apparently been doing roller derby. her smile still seems bright and friendly, at least in facebook photos. maybe someday we’ll talk and i’ll either discover she’s weirder than i thought or i’m not as weird as i thought i was.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. baccarati  |  November 9, 2011 at 5:40 am

    im glad of my time in weirdo haven

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  • 2. goffcouture  |  November 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    As another relatively “normal” person who thrived at New College – I think it’s a haven for open mindedness and tolerance, but that you don’t have to be “weird” yourself to benefit from them. If you are comfortable being different from other people, then it’s great. If you aren’t, then it isn’t. And if you are comfortable with difference, then it doesn’t really matter how mainstream or subculture a given person is, only how kind they are to you and what interests you share and what chemistry you have.

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  • 3. Amy H.  |  November 17, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Totally agree with that comment Sarah. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by difference!

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    • 4. cubbie  |  November 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      these comments make me so happy. we could be an ad for new college right here, right?

      (clay, the estrodome!)

      Reply

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