How To Survive Long Distance Friendships This Summer

The strangest thing about meeting friends in college is that you literally go from strangers to best friends in .5 seconds. For nine months straight you spend 24/7 with them. From late night talks, to cramming for finals, to eating every meal together– you practically are inseparable. And then summer hits and Boom! It’s a three month friendship hiatus. Below, I’m dishing five super simple ways to not lose your best friend to a LDR this break.

Snail Mail

There’s a reason Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants was a thing. Nothing beats old fashioned letter writing. Seriously, getting something in the mail happens so infrequently now you’ll practically be addicted to writing (and receiving) notes by the time summer is over. Don’t under estimate how special a handwritten card can make someone feel.

Skype Dates 

This is such an easy solution. All it takes is a little planning and time managing. Set up a date & time and catch up over video chat and make it a habit! Wanna go that extra mile? My cousin and I sometimes eat meals at the same time while we Skype. A digital lunch date is an awesome way to grab a bite together when you’re miles away from each other.

Road Trip 

Camping trips, lake houses, music festivals… friends who travel together, stay together. Plus, those best memories lay in the endless car rides that eventually drove everyone crazy. And you don’t have to break bank for road trips! Camping is such an easy and affordable adventure, especially since there are camping grounds everywhere. Of course, if you’re feeling a little wild and are willing to splurge, traveling to an out of state music festival would be the adventure of a lifetime. When it comes down to it, the key to any group trip is careful planning.

Keep The Group Text Alive 

Ah… the group text. The one you worship when you need to borrow obscure costumes for themed parties but despise when you’re trying to fall asleep and your friends are drunkenly reminding you how much they love you. This is what you need to keep alive. Send pictures of things that remind you of them. Text them when that song comes up on the radio. Group texts are prime ways to catch up and see what everyone has been up to, even when you’re all far away.

Visit Campus 

It’s not uncommon for colleges to hold events during that summer to reel everyone back for a weekend. Whether it’s Greek Week or a concert, round up you friends and spend a night back on campus. Visit the coffee shops and bars you usually go to on weekends to relive the past year. Besides, that’s where the foundation of your friendship lies, isn’t it?

Don’t let distance and time apart get in the way of what keeps you all together on campus! Remember, you’re not going to be in college forever so you can’t just rely on school to keep you close. After all, these are supposed to be the friends you’ll have for the rest of your life.

Juliany Nakazato

Contributor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Major: Graphic Design Her heart belongs to: Tea, coffee shops, indie alternative music and frozen mango pieces. Her guilty pleasures: Weird socks & ugly sweaters

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