Maintaining long distance relationships or friendships can seem like a daunting task to most people. People grow apart, people develop new interests, and hang out with new friend groups in college. It’s often easy to neglect your old friendships and relationships just by the fact that you’re separated alone.
During freshman year of college some of my long distance friendships were thrown by the wayside, but some were also enhanced. The length of the distance mattered a lot in my case. Attending FSU, I’m about 2.5 hours from UF, 4 hours from UCF, and 5 hours from University of Alabama. These 3 schools contain the bulk of my friends that aren’t at FSU. Given that these are really fun schools and that we have cars, we often take weekend trips to each other to have a fun time, catch up, and make some crazy college memories partying at all these heavily party- oriented schools.
Not only is the task of driving a minuscule one to see a good friend, your friendships will grow and your friend groups will merge together most likely. Now with other distances, such as from FSU to Boulder, Colorado, or even HPU in Hawaii, you will have to work harder. At the moment, me and roommates are planning a ski trip over spring break to Colorado; undoubtedly this trip will serve for two reasons. Reason 1: we will get to shred some slopes with the bros. Reason 2: we will get to show our face and spend some time with all of our Boulder matriculated friends. Just remember, a little effort goes a long way, hit up your friends every once and a while just to catch up, make future plans and trips to have fun together, and most importantly don’t forget that people do change, and the friends you’ll make in college are the friends that will stick with you for the rest of your life.