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The relationship in my life are my biggest source of joy, laughter, comfort, and inspiration. It is through my interactions with my friends and family that I am able to get through difficult times and celebrate in exciting times. My friends and family encourage me to pursue my goals in life and lead me to have a positive perception of myself. I treasure the times I spend with the people I love and I know that I can always count on them to be there when I need them.

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How do stereotypes effect how we treat people?

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My family and friends are most important to me. Because I am in college, I am not able to see my family as much as I would like. My friends have become a second family to me. I am a very shy person, and it takes much effort to meet new people; this is one of the reasons why my friends are so important to me. They allow me to lower my guard and be more social. I am able to try new things like improvisational comedy around them. These relationships are very important to me. Because of them, I am able to discover talents that I did not know I had.

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 By Kate H., Age 22

I believe in love at first sight, first laugh, and first hug. I’m not talking about romantic love; I mean the kind of love that you have with your best friends who you know you’ll have forever. In high school, my friends were the people who I had known all my life, the ones who knew everything about me because they had lived it all with me. Going away to college and later when I studied in Europe for a semester, I found that there are some people who just understand you from the second you meet them. It’s love at first sight.

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Here is a list of quotes and helpful advice for adolescents affected by Hurricane Katrina from Ms. Strauss’s seventh grade Social Studies class at McDevitt Middle School in Waltham, Massachusetts regarding Hurricane Katrina: They have been broken down into 4 categories: The Gift of Life, The Gift of Family and Friends, The Gift of Memories, and the Gift of Generosity.

The Gift of Life

 

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