Keeping In Touch With High School Friends During College

When you’re a senior in high school, you’ve got a lot of changes happening at once.

It may feel like one day all you have to worry about is what time you’re going to hang out with your friends this afternoon, and the next thing you know everyone’s pushing you to find a college, pick a major, decide what you want to do with the rest of your life RIGHT NOW.

If you’re like me, you turn to your friends for support when things get rough like this. Calling up a friend to vent, going to get something to eat to talk, or playing video games together and de-stressing usually do the trick.

The last think you want to think about is how your group of friends will be scattering to different parts of the state (or the country or even the world) in a few months. It’s a sad part of growing up: we’re not always going to be down the road from our friends.

But that doesn’t mean the friendship can’t last.

There are ways to make sure that, even when you’re miles apart, you and your friends stay close.

  • Take advantage of Facebook, Twitter, Blogspot, etc.

If you see a friend from home online, send them a message. It’s as simple as that. Social media sites can be a great way to keep up with friends over long distances.

Try some low-tech methods (writing letters, picking up the phone).

Have some free time between classes? Haven’t spoken to your close friend from home in a while? Give them a call or send them a text, if that’s more your style.

  • Visit each other.

Try inviting one of your friends from home to stay the weekend at your dorm (be sure to clear this with your roommate first if you share a room with someone else). You’ll be able to show them your school and catch up with each other.

If your school is too far from home, make plans to hang out with your home friends during spring, winter, or summer break! Set aside one day to do anything at all!

  • Relax and remember: life happens.

When you begin college, you’re starting a whole new chapter of your life. You’ll see new places, have new experiences and make new friends. A sad but true fact is that you may not get to keep in touch with your high school friends as much as you’d like.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll be out of your life completely. When you meet new people and make new friends, the old ones don’t disappear.

Even though my friends at school have become a second family to me, one of my favorite things is going home to see my best friends from high school. I even feel like we’re closer now because the distance between us makes our visits that much more special.

The moral of this story is that people move away, things change, and life happens. If you’re in high school right now, appreciate your friends and make plans to keep in touch. You may not speak every day (or even every week) once college starts, but that doesn’t mean you’re not friends.

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Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris is a senior at Benedictine University in Illinois pursuing a degree in writing and publishing. When she is not at work in the Office of Admissions or on the university's newspaper, she can be found writing short stories, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends.