Meet Conor Wells & Alejandro Valez
Before joining Best Buddies, I had never really considered how much friendship can mean to someone. I knew that friendship is important, but didn’t know how it could change someone’s life. I joined Best Buddies because one of my younger neighbors has a developmental disability. I was going into my senior year of high school and he was going to be a freshman. I knew he was nervous about going to high school, so we joined together. We both didn’t really know anyone in the club, so we both appreciated having the other person in the club with us. I didn’t join with any larger goal than helping my friend be more comfortable in a new school.
I am currently a member of the Drake University chapter, formerly a member of the Roosevelt High School chapter. Since joining Best Buddies, my life has changed dramatically. From my high school experience, I realized that Best Buddies was something that I was interested in continuing in college, and I got more involved in our college chapter. I had never been overly passionate about anything before, but I grew very passionate about this. Ive learned so many things from being in the program, the most important being how meaningful and important a friendship can be.
My buddy Alejandro and I have been paired up since 2011 and we continue to have a strong friendship. Alejandro is a pretty amazing guy. He is an extremely passionate individual, and has a very strong sense of what is right and wrong. He believes treating all people equal and as human beings is one of the most important things that you can do, and being around someone like that has made me into a better person. Any given week, Alejandro and I will be out at a movie, getting lunch and a beer together, or hanging out at a Drake sporting event.