The university I attended had many students about 35,000. One early afternoon I was walking around the campus and found a female student sitting on the walkway with tears on her face. Everyone just walked by her so I decided to stop. I dropped my books and sat down on the path with her. It turned out that she injured her ankle and was unable to walk to get help as a new student to America and the university. So I told her that I will sit with her until she was ready to get up. It only took a few minutes for her to calm down, I took her by the hand and we were able to get her to medical treatment. She thanked me so much for just stopping! We would run into each other occasionally on campus and she would smile and thank me again. I was amazed that just my sitting there, offering support and comfort to a total stranger, helping them walk to the nearest building would affect me and her. We both felt a bond of human compassion and the need to just assure someone that they are not alone in the world is a powerful experience.
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