Highlight on Friendship: Courtney & Joe
My name is Courtney. I became matched with my buddy Joe last school year after his original buddy had stopped coming to events. I was ecstatic that I would be able to be a peer! I had become an officer for my school chapter and planned to be an associate member because I wanted other members to be able to experience the joy that one on one friendships create.
As I began to get to know Joe and spend time with him, I was completely blown away by his unrestricted kindness that he generously gave to everyone around him. He was extremely sensitive in his encounters with others and never wanted to offend anyone.
After becoming friends with Joe I began to look more outside myself which made me a better friend in all my relationships and a better leader. Joe and I found immense joy in watching movies and attending Best Buddies events together. I even helped him make a poster to ask his friend to the Best Buddies Friendship Ball!
Joe sadly graduated last year and I miss his presence in our chapter meetings. This does not limit our friendship however as we still talk on the phone and hang out. Joe has taught me so many things that I will carry to my new buddy and to our chapter this year!