Edmund Yu, a senior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, doesn’t believe that you select your friends as much as they select you.“I believe that in the world we live in we shouldn’t choose and be specific of what kind of friends we want,” says Yu. “My group of friends are an interesting group, each coming with a sense of creativity and loyalty.” Seventeen-year-old Joey Hunt, from the O’Bryant, agrees that the process of finding friends is not always as it seems. “I believe that specific people come into your life for a reason and once they’re in your life they stick around whether you like it or not,” says Hunt. “I know it’s time to cut someone off when they stop caring for me and being there for me.” In the social aspect of the new school year, many students are trying to find themselves. They are developing an interest in different activities and beliefs. As part of that, they are quickly evaluating the types of people they surround themselves with. “You choose your friends, but who you are exposed to in the world is determined by how outgoing you are and your social circle,” says Tony Nguyen, 18, from the O’Bryant. Nguyen lists his criteria for friendship as loyalty, respect, and being laid back but knowing when to be serious.