I Said Hello to the New Kid At School.

Me and all the guys were sitting at the back of the class and the new kid was sitting over with the girls. None of the guys were talking to him just yet so I thought I'd make him feel welcome. I stood and went to shake his hand but he was too far away and so instead I waved and introduced myself. I looked like a complete **** and everyone laughed at me, but it worked. By lunchtime we were all good mates.

I know it just a silly little thing, but I'm glad that I can look back and say that I'm the kind of person that would do that when everyone else wouldn't.

Issac95 Issac95
18-21, M
8 Responses Mar 15, 2009

Thats really great that you did that. I can't tell you how many times I have been on the receiving end of one of those types of acts of kindness and it really does make a difference in that persons life. And that kid is probably going to remember you for the rest of his life. I am only 18-21 but I still remember in 6th grade when my future(at that time) best friend was kind enough to say hey to me The new kid...

Thats such a cool thing you did!!!!

I changed my mind, I do know. If something were happening I would step in, I refuse to be a bystander. Even if it isn't true I have to beleave that I would. I think of all the indiferent people in the world and I know that I am not one of them. I know that it's a sociological thing and that a person who doesn't act isn't necisarily a bad person, but even so I'll not be that person.

Yeah, I know. You have to be there to be able to judge. It's still hard to comprehend why people in general have this tendency to be reluctant to do things. I'm not saying that I'm exempt from this either. I can't pinpoint them, but I'm sure there have been times when I didn't do what I ought to have done.

I'd like to think that I'd step in if something like that happened but you never really know until your right there.

Sadly true. There's a name for this sort of behaviour. I think it's the Bystander effect, but I could be wrong.<br />
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It can be serious as well. Has anyone heard of Kitty Genovese? She was killed in a prolongued attack and none of the 38 witnesses tried to intervene or call police. How messed up is that? There must be something about the society we live in that convinces us not to take control of the situation.

It does sound like a small thing to do, but it changes everything. It would have turned out so differently if you hadn't been there - can you imagine?<br />
I respect people who are willing to just do things like this, because all too often, everyone wants to wait for someone else to make the move and nothing happens. Not just in this sort of situation, but all the time. Props to you :)

Kudos to you! :)<br />
That sort of thing really makes a difference, I have found. He probably appreciates it more than you know.