I feel so much closer to people

I had some expectations that this would be a bonding day to get to know each other better. I for sure met my expectation. The Quest I'm On day allowed me to realize that my friends and peers are going through things that I could not even imagine. Therefore, the most important thing I learned was that I should not judge people. They have so many other things happening to them that others could just not get. The hardest thing I did during the day was to try to make sure other people were sharing and participating so I had to step down a bit. Today I learned that there are so many other students in the school that I don't know. I don't know if I feel safe sharing because I was so scared of being judged. Oh yes, I feel so much closer to people, I hugged someone I have never talked to ever. I promised that I would not judge people as much. (original message)

Student age 17, grade 12