Friendship the Superbad Way: How to Remain Close After High School

Superbad is a hilarious comedy exposing fears that involve going away to college. However, I believe the film’s foundation is centered around the anxiety of having to separate from your best friend. Although the film exaggerates many things for comedic effect, I feel that it accurately represents the meaning of a true friendship.

Spending quality time with those who are most important to you is imperative before you venture off to college. Of course this is not the last you will see of them, but the transition from seeing each other almost daily to once every couple months or even a year is difficult for everyone.

You may find yourself in the situation where your original plan was to attend the same college as your best friend like with Seth and Evan in Superbad. Maybe you didn’t get in and your friend did. Maybe you got in and your friend didn’t. Maybe one of you found a college you ended up liking more than the other. Each and every situation is totally okay. Sometimes going to the same school as your best friend isn’t the best idea anyways. Accepting each others decisions and being there for each other during the process is what matters.

Although it’s important to accept the many changes that will occur when going away to college, keeping old friends in your life is just as crucial.  Going your separate ways doesn’t have to mean your friendship is over.

Superbad taught me that there are many ways you and your best friend can spend time together before you go on your separate adventures. Those last few months that you can revel in your friendship are amazing bonding moments that you will never forget.

By doing these things you will get to spend time together, reminisce, and show that you support each other in everything you do. Over the course of the film, Evan and Seth represent what friendship is all about. Although the film is goofy and ridiculous, there really is a lot of heart and lessons to be learned.

Always remember:

  • To Pick Each Other Up. Be there if your friend falls down. Lend an open ear if they need to talk about something. You will both be very busy once you go to college, but knowing your friend will be there for you even just to talk if you have a problem is extremely comforting.
  • To Root For Each Other. The girl or guy your best friend likes is asking them to go comforter shopping with them? Push them to go! Be happy for them. Support their desires and wishes.
  • To Appreciate Your Time. Wrap up in sleeping bags and talk through the night. Share your feelings. It’s not lame! You probably won’t have many chances to do this once college starts.
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Just because you may not be happy with every decision they make in college…Like maybe they are planning on rooming with someone you may not be so fond of…Don’t sweat it. It’s their decision and you should be there for them regardless. Think about it before you freak out because it may really not be that big of a deal.
  • To Be Honest. Tell each other what is going on: what your plans are, whether you want to join any clubs, who you are planning on rooming with etc. This allows you to be involved in each other’s lives whether or not you are there.

Evan and Seth have a really great friendship. They both know that when college begins they might not see each other or hear from each other as much as they had before, but they always have each others backs. Accepting changes and moving forward is a part of growing up. Appreciate those friends you have in your life, new and old. Don’t be afraid to tell them you love them.

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Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman

Molly Stallman is a senior at DePaul University working toward an English degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing. She also has a minor in Digital Cinema. Molly especially enjoys spending time with loved ones, listening to music, watching movies/television and playing with her dogs. She also has a passion for antiques, crafts, animals, photography and the great outdoors.