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It's no surprise that friends make your life better.

The folks that support you when things go bad, celebrate with you when they go well, make you laugh, keep you company - they're what life is about.

But for today's college students, leaving the familiar people and places of home is dauntung, especially since they may not be as skilled at face-to-face friendmaking as previous generations.

The solution?  The brainchild of a UMD alumnus and his UMD-alumni staff: an app to help you connect with good old-fashioned friends.

©Bob King. Used with permission.

 "Ernest knew that deep inside and he gave me something I didn’t even realize I needed. He gave me silence and he taught me in that silence. All of the fishing stories and his taking his sister back into his life and his sitting outside the art gallery working leather were in that silence. When I stood next to him I forgot the things I needed to do and those cares and stresses were a world away. All that mattered was friendship and the sounds of the powwow and the smell of the lake. For a brief moment I could let time slow down and simply stand next to a friend."