5 Tips to Maintain Friendships After College

Entering a new chapter in your life is pretty terrifying, especially when you don’t have the people who’ve always been there with you cheering you on anymore.

Back in college, everything was just easier to handle because you have your best friends around you.  But after graduation, you will all have to go on separate ways – to move to a new home and to seek opportunities in other cities, states or even abroad.

Staying in touch with people after you graduate is tough but with constant communication and a little extra effort between you and your friend, maintaining that long-distance friendship can definitely be achieved.

Here’s how:

1. Establish a fun ritual.

Make a new tradition or continue the old ones, just the two of you.  Whether it’s a weekly catch-up session over videochat, or take turns to visit each other every other month, it’s a great way to always have something to look forward to with your friend.

2. Take advantage of social media.

Do I even need to explain?  Thanks to technology, it’s now very easy to connect with people even if they are on the other side of the world.  Use Facebook to create groups or group chats with your friends, use Snapchat to send each other fun selfies and videos or check out Instagram to see your friends’ travel photos.  The internet has a lot to offer when it comes to communication, take advantage of it.

3. Send a snail mail.

Yeah, virtual messages are more convenient but nothing beats handwritten cards and letters.  So kick it old school by sending each other letters, cards or even post-cards from your travels.  It’s always exciting to receive something in the mail that isn’t a bill or flyer.

4. Send random gifts.

Big or small, unexpected gifts are always the best.  Surprise your friends with random gifts that will remind them of your thoughtfulness and love.

5. Travel to see each other.

Make an effort to visit each other.  Take turns on who visits who or meet somewhere in between and explore a new place together.  If time and budget permit, why not plan a best friend’s trip – abroad or just with in the country.  With all the planning, you’ve got more reasons to communicate with each other constantly.

About Toni Marie

Toni is a regular contributing author on GuestRelationshipsBlog. She also likes to write about relationships, money, and health.
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