1. I have made a lot of friends in college whom I love very much
  2. It really means a lot to me to be able to walk anywhere on campus and know that I will most likely run into a friend
  3. I go to dinner with friends a lot and get lunch and coffee with people constantlh
  4. But despite this, I find myself alone a lot of the time
  5. And, strangely, I'm okay with that.
  6. I am absolutely an extrovert and connection with people is very important to my well being
  7. And before getting to Duke I would get really low if I had to spend too much time on my own
  8. I was constantly with my family growing up, so isolation scared me
  9. But then I got to school, and things changed
  10. I eat dinner by myself sometimes
  11. I go to the mall by myself
  12. See movies on my own
  13. I've found a peace with myself that I have not ever had before
  14. I have time to reflect and think and not feel swayed by anyone's tastes or opinions or emotions
  15. College is a lot and it's nice to escape that for a little while, even if it's by myself
  16. I have no shame in eating alone at restaurants
  17. Which is new
  18. I wonder if this is affecting the way I interact with people
  19. If I am more grateful when I spend time with people now because it isn't a guarantee anymore
  20. It's just kinda nice to be your own friend sometimes