Getting ready to leave for college can be scary as you prepare to leave behind all you’re familiar with and dive into the unknown. Amongst all the difficult things I had to do before I left for college, saying goodbye to my friends was by far the most difficult. It’s a fun and exciting time, yet can be a little sad, especially if your friends aren’t going to the same school as you.
Everyone knows it’s coming, the dreadful day that you have to goodbye to your beloved friends, and nothing can fully prepare you for it. Your friends have been by your side through it all, and yes, it’s going to be weird not seeing them everyday in class, but when one door closes, another door opens. Remember that you will meet new people in college, and the person that lives down the hall from you may become your next lifelong friend.
Also, while you’re out making new friends, you need to accept that your old friends will be making new friends too. This shouldn’t be cause for jealousy, however. As long as you keep in touch with your hometown friends (and I don’t mean just an occasional text), it shouldn’t be difficult to maintain relationships. Calling people and actually speaking with them over the phone or FaceTime is a great way to stay up to date on each other’s lives and is more meaningful that a “what’s up” over text. Social media is also another helpful tool for staying in touch. It’s the 21st century and Instagram and Snapchat are both ways to stay informed on people’s day to day adventures.
One last thing, take advantage of each other’s breaks from school (especially if you both go to school in Florida!). The Red Coach bus system is a cheap transportation option that travels to Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, and Tallahassee. Just make sure you plan ahead so that you can make sleeping arrangements and have fun activities lined up.
Finally, of all these tips, doing your “goodbyes” correctly is the most important; don’t make them permanent. Remember, if you truly intend on remaining in each other’s lives, your departure will simply be a “see you later.”