College

Going Separate Ways

Graduation gets closer and closer every day! You can’t wait to be done with school and move on to bigger and better things. You’ve visited your future college a dozen times, and you’re excited about all the new opportunities it will hold.  

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Graduation gets closer and closer every day! You can’t wait to be done with school and move on to bigger and better things. You’ve visited your future college a dozen times, and you’re excited about all the new opportunities it will hold.  

 The one setback?  

Your best friend isn’t going with you!  

It can be difficult to imagine a whole new life without your BFF. Maybe you’re stressing about how to maintain your friendship or how you will cope with so many new experiences without your partner in crime by your side.  

You have a right to be concerned about the future of your friendship; college is an entirely new phase of life, full of new people and experiences for both of you. But lucky for you, you live in a digital age, which makes it easier for you to stay in touch with the people you love. Whether it’s texting, a phone call, video chats, IM-ing, tweets, or snaps, you have access to your bestie at any moment. 

Sometimes a virtual relationship just isn’t enough. You don’t have the same professors, the same classes, or the same group of friends. Once you no longer share experiences in your everyday life, it may become difficult to stay close. That may hurt a little bit! But losing your high school best friend doesn’t mean either of you are in the wrong, and it doesn’t mean you have to stop being friends completely. It just means that you two are growing up, and sometimes that means growing apart a little. 

It can help to remember that friendships go through phases, and while you may not always be as close to your current best friend, you will form new and possibly even closer friendships with the people you meet throughout your college years.  

So with that in mind, start your freshman year of college with an open mind. Try to get to know the people in your dorm, go to study groups with people in your classes, and make sure to join a club or two to find students with similar interests. The college experience has a way of forging bonds that are even deeper and more meaningful than high school friendships, believe it or not!  

Whatever happens between you and your high school bestie, keep your head up. You’re going to have friends, whether they are from high school or college – or both! These next four years will give you plenty of opportunities to make memories with whoever is in your life, so embrace the new moments! 

“The truth is, you will grow apart and meet new people…but nobody will ever replace your high school best friend. Those memories are forever.” 

                                                   —Kristen Hayden 

 

As an editor, copywriter, and social media manager at exploreMedia, I work to develop content that is relevant and interesting to our readers and coordinate with contributing writers.

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