Maintaining a Long Distance Relationship with Your Best Friend

When you’ve been by each other’s sides for the last couple of years, parting for college can be a difficult task to do when it comes to being hours away from your partner in crime. Even though the friendships you make in college are bound to be ones that last a lifetime, replacing a childhood friend is impossible to do. With these tips, the task of keeping a close relationship with your best friend while you’re far apart will be a breeze!

1. Understand It’ll be a Struggle at First

Arriving at college is going to be a headache for both of you at first. With moving in, family, new friends, and a new academic scene, make sure you understand that if you don’t have the chance to talk to your best friend as often as you used to, that that doesn’t mean he or she has forgotten about you! You’ll both have a lot of adjusting to do, so if you don’t have the chance to catch up every day, don’t stress! Eventually you’ll both fall into a routine with your college life and it’ll be easier to maintain the communication you normally have.

2. Text the Little Things

While it may be difficult to text your latest drama, sometimes you don’t have the time for a long phone call or video chat. Instead, send a text about the delicious coffee you just enjoyed, or about how painful waking up for your 8:30am class is. Little conversations are a great way to touch base when you don’t have the time to text paragraph after paragraph.

3. Catch Up When You Have the Chance

When you do have the time and your schedules line up, take this as an opportunity to catch up on the bigger events of your life. Set aside a time to talk on the phone or FaceTime to have a more in-depth conversation and keep up your bestie gossip-sessions!

4. Unexpected Surprises

Another way to touch base is to send little surprises to each other! An unexpected letter or “thinking of you” gift will not only make your best friend’s day, but it will also remind them that they’re still on your mind and #1 in your heart.

5. Make the Most of Your Time Together

When you’re finally reunited with your best friend, be sure to make the most of it! Go to all of your favorite hangout spots and eat your favorite foods. And of course, be sure to take plenty of pictures!

Though being apart from your other half can be difficult, it can also bring you closer together and make you realize how much you appreciate him or her! There is no relationship like that of a best friend, and it’s definitely something worth keeping.

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