Friendship Spotlight: Kim and Kristine, UVA
I joined Best Buddies because I wanted to expand my UVA circle beyond college peers and to bring community inclusion onto the university grounds. Some of my friends in college have special needs and some of them don’t – we all love and cheer each other on just the same!
The buddies I’ve met at Meadowcreek, the host site near our campus, have so much life experience and love to share, and I am grateful to have such diverse friends to share Charlottesville with. My friendship with Kristine is based on positivity and support! I support her with positive encouragement to be adventurous and try new things, and she supports me with her radiant and positive personality.
My favorite memory with Kristine is surprising her on her birthday at Meadowcreek. Her birthday is technically a few days before Halloween, but she crafted herself a “birth week” of celebrations. I surprised her with balloons and beads and we went to our chapter event, “Trick or Treating on the Lawn”, later on.
Meeting her housemates and seeing her home that day was very special because it was a way of her welcoming me into her life!
Kim Rieder, University of Virginia