Ken

The next person I would like to introduce is Ken. Ken and I met because of a video game in high school, so I met him relatively recently in comparison to my other best friends. Despite this, he and I quickly grew close because of our commonalities.

The first thing I want to point out is that his thoughts and actions are very different from any other of my friends which is actually very odd given our environment. I shall explain what I mean by this.

The people who live where I grew up do not care about the world. I am sure there are exceptions to this statement, but I believe this is the case generally. This complemented by the tendency to stay close to home, strengthens the continuance of their indifference. I think it is safe to say that UCSC greatly shaped the way I am today. My experience there showed me another side of life in America and so I can only assume that I would be more like my high school classmates if I had stayed close to home.

Having said that, my best friend Ken is a perfect example of one of the exceptions. He is a person who has stayed in a bubble practically his entire life, but his personality does not reflect that. He is a person who greatly cares about the world and whose sense of morality shines brighter than any other person I know. To be clear, I am not saying that my other best friends do not care about the world, I am saying that Ken cares the most.

Of all of my friends, I deem him to have the most potential. Anyone who meets him would realize that he is extremely intelligent. If he were to focus his energy on developing himself, he would be able to do amazing things. 

The last thing I want to point out is his honesty and realism. He is a person who hates to mislead people and is not afraid to say things that other people are cautious to say. His directness acts like a breath of fresh air that we all need from time to time.

I can not wait to see what he makes of himself.