The thoughts, actions, and experiences of the people around me have shaped my own thoughts, actions, and experiences. They have shaped the way I view myself and the things that I think I can accomplish. My confidence, my motivations, and my expectations are a result of the influence they have had on me. If the people I have surrounded myself with have such great power, how did I become so lucky? I have met my closest friends through school, events, clubs, internships, traveling, hobbies, and even mutual friends. But if I think about the total amount of people I have met through those avenues, the number would be significantly larger than the amount of close friends I have. So how did my close friends become my close friends? Was it just serendipity? Was it because of convenience? Was it because of common interests and hobbies? Maybe some combination of all 3 played a part, but mostly important, I think, it was because of shared values.