Long Distance BFFs: Make It Work
Posted by Katie Ostoich on April 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM
It’s a fact of life, as we grow up, we start to spread out. Maybe you moved for a new job or your best girl is getting her masters degree across the country. It totally sucks, but you don’t have to be afraid you’re going to lose touch with your college clique. Staying close with your old buddies shouldn’t be a problem if you’re truly best friends. Being inseparable for four years of school, or maybe longer, will make the long distance thing hard, but it’s all about being open minded.
Use Technology to Stay Updated
Having a private group on Facebook or a group chat through Gchat are simple ways to stay in touch with your friends. My best bud and I even have Skype dates so we can chat “in person.” You can fill each other in on the latest news and talk everyday. If something happens, you can tell them immediately — just like you normally would if you were hanging out. The Internet makes it easy to stay close these days, so there is no excuse for going a few days without talking. Think of it as being in a relationship — your friends are just as important.
Use Distance to Your Advantage
Sometimes when you’re away, getting easily distracted by everything around you is normal. The best part of it is that you’re not the only one who feels this way. Dealing with the stress of everyday is difficult, and you may feel like you have no one to talk to while you’re away, but that’s what your best friends are for. The great thing about going to different colleges or working in different cities is that you can relate to each other and help one another out. Take advantage of the distance and use this time to get closer — best friends will always be there for each other.
Use Vacation to Meet Up
Taking a trip together is a perfect chance to reconnect and rebuild a friendship after time apart. Not only do you get to travel and see someplace new/score some relaxation time, you will share the experience with your friends and create new memories. Spending hours on the beach is the best way to fill each other in on what you’ve missed. Bonus if one of your friends already lives in a travel spot! My BFF lives in Florida so I just hope on a flight and it’s almost instant vacation!
What’s your secret to making long distance relationships with friends work?