Experience With a Friend

My friend and I having a great time


“Sometimes, just spending some quality time with good friends is the only therapy you need” - Unknown



      We all have our differences. My friend Saran and I our different and we are great friends. My friend Saran and I have been friends since preschool. We have lots of major differences and I had one of my favorite times ever with him.

      In the beginning of 2020, my friend Saran invited me to come with him to a YMCA with him because he wanted to go with a friend. My friend Saran comes from a completely Sri Lankan family. Most of his family lived in Sri Lanka or currently lives in Sri Lanka. We went to the same preschool together and miraculously we are still friends after not having gone to the same school since preschool. One night in January my mom got a call from his mom asking if I wanted to go to the YMCA with him. Since I hadn’t seen him in a couple of months I immediately said yes. At around 6pm their  family pulled up to my house and we were off. The car ride was funny but stressful at the same time. This was because his father had turned on his phone to text someone while he was driving, Obviously, Sarans mom got mad at him and for the rest of the car ride they were yelling at each other in a different language that neither of us understood and occasionally the car would swerve. Eventually we got to the YMCA. We had a great time together doing things like pickle ball, soccer, and swimming. It’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had.

      Saran and I have our differences and we are still great friends. It didn’t matter that his family is Sri Lankan, it didn’t matter that we haven’t seen each other in a couple of months, and it didn’t matter that we only went to preschool together. It only mattered that our friendship has lasted forever and we had a great time together.

      No matter your differences between you and a friend, you can always have a great time, just like I did.




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Rory Kennealy

I agree with your theme in that you don’t have to be the same as your friend to be friends. Great writing

Eli Zahavi

This theme really resonates with me. Good job explaining all of the events. The narrative voice was present and showed me your mastery of writing. Great stuff!

Nick Brady

A very well written piece, and I like how you not only focused on differences a surface level like Of Mice and Men (most size and mental ability) but also his family and background, showing how your friendship is just that much more powerful.

Max LG

Sean like always, the use of Parral structure in your head and heart really reflects your personal experience, especially in this piece, great job.

Oliver Ali

You picked a great theme, Sean. Often times, the fun that friends have together is in part derived from their differences. If there is a lack of diversity in a friend group, things can get stale. Great work.


The narrative voice in this piece was wonderful, as was the description of something that could have been seen as mundane (the car ride). I enjoyed the overarching theme of inclusion despite differences in your families. Keep up the great work!

Colin Soukup

Although you are completely different people, you enjoy spending time with each other and have a good time.

William O'Malley

I enjoyed how you truly didn’t have to have a bunch of similarities with Saran for you two to still have a lot of fun together, even if it was a sketchy car ride.

Yoni Ghansah

I have had one of my friends for as long as I can remember, and though she lived in Ghana and I America, we have still kept in touch, and I can relate to this story in that sense. Though we are not that culturally different, I like how you were able to describe this though one experience. Nice Work!

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