When you graduate college (or you just head home for the summer), what does that mean for all of your friendships? For many of us, our college friends basically spent every waking minute with us. Now all of a sudden, we’re miles and miles apart.
Change is inevitable, but you can work on keeping those relationships as strong as ever with some of these tips below.
1. Keep your group chat alive.
Okay, we’ll be the first ones to admit it…A group chat that’s constantly blowing up is pretty annoying. However, a short and casual conversation here and there is definitely needed! If you see something that reminds you of your friends, have a juicy piece of life news to share, or just want to get started on planning the next group hangout—send it in the chat!
2. Make a tradition.
Traditions are pretty convenient excuses to put some time aside for the ones you love. It can be a big, annual event—like a July 4th beach party. Or, you can stick to something small and casual—like a movie night every first Friday of the month. Whatever works best for your friend group!
3. Make use of Snapchat.
This one is pretty much a given, am I right? When you don’t want to pick up the phone and make a call, or you don’t necessarily have much to say in a text, sending a quick Snapchat is perfect. It’s a fun way to let your friends know you’re thinking of them without disrupting anyone’s day.
4. Plan a weekend trip.
Texts, calls, social media…you have to be thankful those things exist! But, nothing takes the place of some face-to-face interaction. Spending a free weekend with all of your friends will remind you that no matter how long you spend apart, nothing is going to change between you guys once you’re all back together.
5. Keep up with inside jokes.
Remember all those little jokes between you and your friends that no one understands but you guys? Those are priceless! These inside jokes don’t have to disappear now that you’re not seeing each other every day. Keep them alive through texts, memes, Snapchats, or even when you visit each other.
6. Stay active on each other’s social media.
Something as simple as a “like” on your Instagram photo is the perfect reminder that your friends are still invested in your life. While you’re at it, don’t forget to DM your buddies some of those funny memes you scroll past on your feed!
7. Go to alumni events.
If you’ve graduated and aren’t coming back to campus for classes, check out what alumni events your school hosts or make a plan to visit for homecoming. It’s a great excuse to not only see your closest friends, but to also see the rest of those friendly faces you had classes with for the past four or so years.
8. Be realistic.
Okay, this might not actually be a way to stay in touch—but it’s really important! You may have talked to your besties 24/7 at school, but now that you’re off campus it’s important to remember that schedules and responsibilities change. You and your friends might not have time to keep in contact at all hours of the day, and that’s okay!
Do you have any suggestions that we didn’t list? Share your ideas with our readers in the comments below!