Reach out hangout unites students

Nicole Turk decorates cookies that a student brought in to the reach out hangout event.

Rachel Hunter

Nicole Turk decorates cookies that a student brought in to the reach out hangout event.

Rachel Hunter, Staff Writer

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Bringing people of different backgrounds together helps many people come out of their comfort zones and make new friends.

On Feb. 3, the monthly meeting of the reach out hangout took place.

This group was developed to make people feel more comfortable and social at school. 

The students entered the ASB room from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the intention of meeting new people and sparking new friendships.

Sofia Zwass, a senior and supervisor of the reach out committee in ASB, said, “We started doing these monthly events last year to try to find ways to incorporate people who aren’t comfortable in big social events at school and put their comfort zones through little changes.”

Since some people have difficulty getting involved socially, the reach out hangouts allow many to enjoy themselves by socializing with new people through a potluck.

Marc Tom, a senior in ASB, said, “My favorite parts of the reach out hangout were being able to meet new people that I usually wouldn’t see around school, hanging out with friends, and being around others to have fun. Also, I liked jamming to the music and playing games with everyone.”

For some, this activity was much more than just a social opportunity as it serves as a way to create long-lasting friendships and to reach out to more shy students at Carlmont.

Sophomore ASB member Rachel Gu said, “It has made people get out of their comfort zones, experience more of Carlmont, and meet people that they would have never met if they had not joined our program.”

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