One of the best recollections I have of a sense of community was back in high school when I was part of the dance team. We were all a group of individuals that just all connected through dance. We all worked very hard together to create our dances for concerts and competitions and we all participated in community events together. My dance team was like my second family, we all spent so much time together before school, during school, after school, and even on weekends. We all had our boundaries set (McMillan, 1986). We always had our dance attire on that distinguished us as being part of the dance team. Everywhere we were we were always talking about dance. We all got a long so well. The sense of community was even stronger after concerts having everyone applaud us as a whole was the best feeling. Everyone was just so comfortable with each other; we all trusted and confided in each other.
One time when I didn't feel such a strong sense of community was once I started college at ASU. Coming from my high school where I was used to being involved in so many extracurricular activities I felt the school was so large and so many people. Everyone was just doing their own thing trying to get to class on time. I remember on my first day of school I felt like a needle in a hay stack so many people around yet felt so alone. Even though I was surrounded by so many people I still felt pretty lonely and just lost. I remember feeling very out of place. It was the complete opposite than what I was used to at high school. I think the lack of being involved made me feel like I had no say so in anything what so ever. During my first year of college my sense of community was none.