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Finding Your Community at LCCC

Healley Saltz | Writer

This is my second semester here at LCCC and I feel like I am finally beginning to find my people. They may not be an eclectic tribe revered

by all or a large group of rogue teens bound together under mysterious circumstances, but it’s a start. 

Now as I walk the halls, I come across faces I’ve seen on my travels to and from class. Instead of shying away, retracting into my headphones, I make an effort to converse. This could be a simple “hi” or a “thank you so much” when someone holds the door open for me. Although this may seem minuscule, these tiny interactions can build to be so much more. Even if they don’t, there’s nothing wrong with having someone to and from class with. 

I’ve made more effort to put myself out there. Whether it be joining student organizations or sporadically popping up to an LCCC event, there is no shortage of people to connect with. It’s just the actual “connecting” that can pose difficulty. 

With phones and laptops right at our fingertips, it’s easy to find protection from potentially awkward encounters. I’ve been guilty of using these shields perhaps too many times. Yet it’s vital to realize we don’t need them. They may spare us from a long pause, but what’s so bad about that?

After all, it’s in these little moments you can form a connection.


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