You Gotta Have Friends

For our Scripps Ranch High School column this year, four seniors will share the writing duties. This allows the community to get “A Look Insid ” SRHS and life as a teen in Scripps Ranch from different and uniq e perspectives. This month Tyler Tran looks at an aspect of high school that is important but not always addressed. Tyler loves sports and has played SRHS soccer and tennis. He is very involved in his church and serves as a youth group leader. He also likes hanging out with his friends.


Throughout high school and in life, one thing that changes is your group of friends. Some move away, and you just grow apart from others. During my first day of high school, I didn’t know who I was going to e t lunch with and was scared that I might be sitting alone on the first day of school. Luckily, a lot of people were thinking the same thing, and I found a great group of friends who I have become very close with throughout my years of school.

Of course, friends are a really important part of high school. Sometimes I think when parents focus on high school, they mostly think about the academics. They want us to do well in school so we can go to a good college. And while I think kids think about that too, friendships are right up there with good grades. Hanging out with friends can help you keep your sanity during the stressful times of school. While I suggest you do your homework, make sure to take time to hang out with your friends even if you are really busy.

At times it can be hard to tell who your genuine friends are and who doesn’t have your best interest in mind. I got lucky when choosing y friends because they have been really good to me. Even though we joke around often, they have been with me through the ups and downs, and I can always rely on them to have my back.

You may get in disagreements with friends, but you should always give them a second chance. Misunderstandings are a normal part of friendship and can make a relationship stronger if you clear the air.

It’s important to meet as many new people as you can and get involve . Go to a club at lunch, join a sports team, and have something that you like to do outside of school. One good club to join at SRHS is Circle of Friends, where you and your friends meet new people and eat lunch with kids who may need buddies.

In middle school it seemed like my friends changed depending on who I had in my classes each year. When I went to high school, some of my middle school friends went to other schools and I lost touch with them. But that gave me the chance to make new friends or get to know other friends better.

In high school just because you don’t have classes with a person doe sn’t mean you aren’t friends. There are so many things to do outsid of school. Go to football games or start a club with your friends so you can hang out.

It can be hard to maintain good friends in high school. It takes effort to stay close sometimes, but it’s fun. It also can be hard if a go d friend moves away. If you have grown up with them, it’s like a member f your family is gone.

One of my good friends moved up to Seattle when we were both in middle school. I have visited him the last two summers and he comes to San Diego to visit every year. While it can be hard to keep a close relationship with someone who moves far away, we manage to do it and are still good friends to this day.

Friends will always be an important part of life. Try to meet new people. Get out of your comfort zone and talk to someone you don’t know n one of your classes. That person may end up being your best friend. And if you see me around school or in the community, be sure to say “hi” an we might become friends.

Tyler Tran, SRHS Senior