during the summer months following my seventh grade school year, I was involved in tennis camp activities with two of my closest friends, Joy and Mon. This was the first time that we were able to get know each better away from school. since we did not have any classes together that year. Eventhough we were good friends. I had never felt a sense of camaraderie with either of them because they participated in sports, while I was involved in academics and other school activities. Not having having any particular interest in sports before the summer camp session, it was surprising that I became completely enthralled with the sport of tennis. Tennis proved to be my initial experience with the bonding of my other two friends as this was an activity that each of us would be learning for the first time together.

We were placed in the beginner group which introduced us to the sport and taught us the basic skills. My problem was that I didn't want to learn the introductory aspect of tennis. I wanted to start playing the actual game. While Joy and Mon were diligently practicing their forehand and back hand motions. I took private lessons foc suing on mt serve. Glancing their way, I would see them laughing and chatting as they walked to the clubhouse for a snack and go somewhere else during our break.

By expending all my energy on the game, I had hoped that my friends would respect my ability and that I would bring us closer together. Instead, i felt they were ostracizing me,.