Why You Should Stay Connected With Old Friends During College

As I approach my final year of college, I find myself thinking about all the people that I’m still in touch with from high school and earlier.

You always hear stories about people falling out with each other after being good friends in high school and that it’s ‘just part of getting older’ and a reorganization of priorities for both parties. That is all fine and well, and indeed, inevitably happens more often than not.

Today, however, it has never been so easy to stay connected with someone over time and distance with Facebook, email, cell phone, text message, FaceTime, and almost any way you can think of.

That being said, unless your friend has turned into some narcissistic monster over the course of you being away, you shouldn’t let college get in the way between you and your current best friends when you dip off to your respective colleges. Consider these points before you delete that friend from your phone book.

  • New Friend’s Are Silver, Old Friends Are Golden

Everything is great in the beginning. Everything. Movies, relationships, ice cream, vacation, take your pick. So when you’re having the time of your life with your new friends from college just remember, you guys will probably hit some rough patches down the stretch.

This is natural and beneficial; it will make you better friends over time. It’s because of this though that you will wish you had someone else to talk with when you’re in rough situations with your friends at school. Your friends from home can be your best allies when your away.

  • Home Sweet Home

Whenever it’s getting close to the holidays or break time, I notice some of my friends become a little crescent fallen at the idea of being home for an extended period of time. This is mainly because they find going home to be “boring”.

Me on the other hand, I can’t wait to get back and hang out with all my friends that I haven’t seen in months. Every time we go home, we spend the entire break together and enjoy the free time as much as possible. It makes going home seem like a vacation rather than a break and we grow closer each time.

  • Contacts

I like to advocate the opposite side of the “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” argument, but as you get farther along in your college career you’ll realize nothing can substitute for a lengthy and well rounded list of contacts.

Your friends that go to different schools or live in other places after you go to college are introduced to a whole new pool of different experiences, talent, and expertise just like you. It could be a friend of a friend, somebody they know from class, or just their parents, but when you start looking for jobs it’s great to have as many options as possible.

Keep in touch with your friends and you’ll be surprised how beneficial it is to know people all over the place.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.