Lifelong Friendships Formed at the Academy

February 6, 2014

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” –Muhammad Ali

I read this quote when I came home from camp last summer, and my brain was like awww yes it’s so true!

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from the people I was going to meet. I was freaking out the whole plane ride that I wouldn’t make any friends and I was going to spend the whole summer alone (and I am a people person, so that thought was really scary). Instead, I don’t think I spent any time alone that summer. I was lucky enough to have bonded extremely closely with five other girls. We all lived on the same floor with the same RA, and we were always in and out of each other’s rooms. We were always with at least one of the other people in our little circle.

And it wasn’t just them. I can’t even explain how much we were a family. I know- it’s so ridiculously cheesy, but bear with me here. You get really close with these people. You’re all going through the same thing, and everyone wants to help you say what you’re trying to say.

The people I was closest with, we still talk. All. The. Time. Even though we’re all busy, we make time for Skype sessions and Facebook chats (I’ll bet you $10 I have a new chat notification right now).

Over MLK weekend, I drove to Georgia for a convention, and while I was there, I spent some time in the afternoon with one of my friends. And even though it’s been seven months since we’ve seen each other, we talk almost every week. It’s like we only said goodbye from MMLA last week.

While the students were great, I also adored my RA. Everyone at MMLA wants to see you succeed, and you just so happen to have the best time doing it. My RA was patient and understanding of my lack of Chinese language, and after every floor meeting, she would pull me aside and go over everything she’d said with just the right amount of improvised sign language so that I would understand everything.  She would also pull us aside and make sure things were cool if she thought something was wrong (which nothing ever was). We are looked after and truly cared for.

For example: my mom is a worrier. When she got a call from a Vermont number in the middle of the night, she was concerned that I was trying to reach her. She got in touch with the head of my dorm to make sure everything was okay (which it was). The next day, she pulled me aside at breakfast to make sure everything was okay. If you’re a parent and you’re reading this and you’re concerned about your child’s safety at MMLA, first of all, kudos for putting up with my crazy thoughts, and secondly, don’t be worried. I felt completely safe at my time at MMLA. I can’t even think of anything that you should be worried about. The only real thing I would be concerned about is the amount of international music you’ll have blasting around your house when your child returns. (I know my mom is tired of listening to my C-Pop…)

Jasmine Hubara is junior in high school from Charleston, South Carolina. She is currently attending MMLA for Chinese, but also takes French and Spanish in school. This is her second year at Green Mountain College. Outside of school, she’s active in her synagogue youth and is busy with her senior thesis project and planning her future trip around the world (a girl can dream, right?).