How to Stay Close to Friends When You're at Different Colleges

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You and your friends finally made the big college decision, and are stoked about it. The only bummer? You're not exactly a five-minute car ride away from your high school BFFs anymore. Going to college far from your old friends doesn't have to mean that you'll grow apart emotionally — there are plenty of things that you can do to stay connected to pals while you're away. Here are just a few ways to stay in touch with your friends when you're enjoying separate college experiences.

Make a Weekly Skype Date — and Stick to It

It's easy to say that you'll video chat with a friend, and a bit harder to actually follow through. Change that by assigning an actual day and time for you guys to Skype — say, a half hour on Wednesday at 4PM, when you're both on break from class. You might not be able to make it every week, but it'll be worth it for the times that you can.

Create a GroupMe Chat

It's not the same as face to face communication, but a few texts a day will keep you feeling connected to the friends you can't see very often. Just save any super serious or deep conversations for the phone or Skype.

Make the Most of Your Breaks

Most colleges are on break around the same time, so you don't necessarily have to go too long in between seeing friends. To maximize the most out of your time, plan a specific date to catch up for a while — you'll be able to look forward to your reunion long before it happens.

Don't Lose Your TV Buddies

You might not be able to watch Scandal live together anymore, but you can still plan TV-watching dates. Just sign onto Skype or grab your phone and sync up your televisions so you can freak out over the latest drama in real time. If you're favorite TV buddy is in a different time zone, find a time the next day to stream it. (Bonus? No commercials.)

Create a Shared Social Media Page

Want live updates on all of your friend's lives but don't want the generic posts that all the world gets via their Facebook? Consider making an Instagram or Tumblr that all of your friends can upload stuff to. You'll feel like you have an intimate view of their lives without having to discuss all of the details immediately.

Borrow From The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

No, I'm not saying you have to find that one pair of jeans that fits everyone, but there's something special about sending handwritten letters to your friends. It's super personal, and it'll make you actually think about what you want to say — there's no backspace in a letter.


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