How to Maintain College Friendships After Graduation

How to Maintain College Friendships After Graduation
How to Maintain College Friendships After Graduation
You’ve spent a few years working on your degree and put a lot of energy into the relationships and friendships that have started while you’re in school. For some, graduation means walking away from these relationships you’ve spent so much time on, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re committed to staying friends, here’s how you can maintain college friendships after graduation.

Stay in touch. Just pick up the phone, send a text, or write an email. Let them know what’s new in your life and find out what’s going on in theirs. Connect on Facebook so that you can each follow the little and big things that are going on in each others’ lives. Don’t let them fall off your radar and stay up to date on what’s happening.

Get together. If you’re still living anywhere near each other, make it a point to extend invitations to your college friends for parties, events, and other opportunities to see each other. Just because you’re not right next to each other in class anymore doesn’t mean you have to turn into strangers. Find the time to get together whenever you an.

Go visit. If your college friends aren’t so close anymore, you may find it difficult to see them regularly, but you don’t have to become strangers. See the distance as an opportunity to visit a different city now and then. Stay with them and enjoy a trip and a few days with a good college friend.

Accept that it’s OK to let go sometimes. Some friends just aren’t worth maintaining the relationship. Others aren’t very well committed to returning calls or emails. Whatever the case, it’s OK to lose a college friend or two. Not everyone can or will maintain friendships after school is out, and you’ll have to accept that, or get used to being in a one sided relationship. Move on to friends that are willing to put the time into your relationship.

Plan a reunion. If you’ve got a good group of college friends that all know each other, make plans to get together for a reunion on a regular basis. Whether it’s once a year or every 5 years, set up a regular time for you to all gather and catch up on what’s going on, reminisce, and enjoy all hanging out again as a group.

College graduation can disperse your friends all over town or even all around the globe, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the great relationships you’ve established. Follow these tips to keep in touch and keep your friends.
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