One thing I was worried would happen when I went away to college was I would lose touch with my friends from my hometown. I always imagined that college would rip us apart and I would only see them through awkward run-ins in the grocery store or something where we both act polite but feel really uncomfortable… Luckily, I’ve kept in contact with my friends from high school and we’re as close as ever! I’ve found that this doesn’t always happen, especially considering people can change so much after spending a year away at college (I know I did), but it’s important to keep your old friends close even when you’re making new ones! Everyone always says you meet your lifelong friends in college but I think my lifelong friends are a mix of old and new.
It’s a lot easier in the digital age to keep in touch with people than it was before the internet, social media and texting. Even if I don’t talk to some of my friends for weeks, I still see what they’re doing through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. My friends and I all have a Facebook group and a group message where we keep in contact from time to time even if it’s just to share funny videos or stories about each other. Sometimes you just need to share something that you know only your friends from your hometown would get or think is funny.
For every break (summer, winter, or Thanksgiving), we all make it a point to get together and have a potluck or go out to dinner when we’re home. It’s nice seeing everyone, gossiping about what’s been going on at home, and telling each other what’s happening in our lives and at our colleges. The last two years, we had Friendsgiving during the Thanksgiving break and we always have a big get together for Christmas/Hanukkah. It’s difficult finding a time where 11 people’s schedules all work out, but it’s definitely worth it when we can all get together! It’s especially fun when I can introduce my friends from USC to my friends from home and meeting their friends from college.
Keeping your old friends is just as important as making new ones in college!Meet Bria