Sunday was the first buddy event of the year and the thing that stood out to me the most was how different it was to last year. Last year as a new teen I was very hesitant to really engage and held back in fear of “messing up”. This year was so different because as a returning teen I now understood that you can’t really “mess up” at all. I was sure of who I am and made sure to help my buddy partner out as much as possible because I knew how scary the first event is. My buddy this year is Anthony and from the moment I met him I knew he was going to have a ton of fun at the buddy event. We did all sorts of things from playing basketball to running around in the water park. One thing I really admire about Anthony is how open he is to meeting new people and to trying new things. I really want those qualities for myself and hope that I gain those traits. I can’t wait for the rest of this year’s buddy events!