Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friends at School

Do you remember your first day at a new school? Do you remember what it was like? How nervous your were entering the building, meeting new people, wondering if you'll fit in. Well here is a video created by a school in Northern Ireland to communicate to new pupils, parents and the wider community the ethos of their school - community, people and friends. A wonderful video created by over 1000 staff and pupils from the Friends School Lisburn lip Dub, in North Ireland.

Friends School Lisburn was the Sunday Times Northern Ireland School of the Year in 2011. You can follow the school on Twitter @FSLnews

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Traveling alone... It's not the end of the world!

When I sent off for my visa back in January, I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. Essentially it was 12 months alone, on the other side of the world. Canada was calling me but it was to be a lonely venture.

I knew I could manage meeting new people - I have made the best friends through drunken nights, hungover lectures and  late night chats - but making friends with people I have never met? That was going to be the challenge. Welcome, Facebook!

  • I haven't 'met' anyone else who is going to be in Canada with me, yet I know 8 people already.
  • I haven't 'spoken' to anyone else who is going to be in Canada with me, yet I chat with them most days. 
  • I've never 'seen' anyone else who is going to be in Canada with me, yet I could instantly find them in a crowd.
  • I'm not 'friends' with anyone else who is going to be in Canada with me, yet I have 8 new friends to meet when I get out there.

Facebook [and social media in general] has not only changed the way we interact with our existing friends, but also dramatically altered the way in which we make new friends. I could be leaving everyone/thing I know behind on August 26th and heading into the deep unknown, with no contacts, friends, or family. If that were the case, I don't think I would've done it.

As it stands, I am going away taking my current friends and family with me. I'll be blogging so they can read what I've been doing. I'll be posting photos so they can see where I am. I'll be on Skype so they can engage in conversation with me, all for free. 

And my new friends? Well, I'll be arranging nights out with them on Facebook. I'll be looking through their photos to discover new places to visit. It will be through these few vital contacts that I've made online that I will hope to further my network out in Vancouver. Who knows? I might make some lifelong friends all because I clicked on one small button on a website all those months ago...