7 Ways To Make Long Distance Friendships Work

7 Ways To Make Long Distance Friendships Work

Some helpful tips to stay in touch with the friends that don't live so close to you.
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Distance is one of the most common reasons that friendships fade out. Sometimes, the transition from high school to college can make it easy to lose touch with some of the friends you love the most. Nonetheless, it is not impossible to stay in contact! Here are seven ways to keep those long distance friendships alive!

1. Don’t stress about talking to them every single day.

We all have lives that become quite busy from time to time. Some days you may not remember to send your friend a simple text. This is completely normal as we all have these days. Nevertheless, your friends will still love you the same!

2. Make sure they know that you are always there for them.

Although it is not necessary to talk every day, it is important to reassure them that they can still reach out to you if they need to. The reason that most long distance friendships fail is because they end up as surface level friendships rather than the tight knit bond that they once were.

3. Look at pictures.

It’s always nice to be able to look at pictures people when you miss them. This way you can relive some of your old memories with them while you wait to reunite and create new ones.

4. Keep a running countdown of the next time you will see each other.

The easiest way to deal with a long distance friendship is counting down to when you will see them next. This way, there’s always something to look forward to and there is no guessing as to whether or not you will see them again.

5. Keep them informed about major events in your life.

The worst thing in a long distance friendship is to finally reunite and not know large pieces of information about their life. Whether you get a new bf/gf, lose a loved one, or even change your major, keep them informed. This will also give you an excuse to connect with them again.

6. Keep up with them on social media.

In today’s time this is the easiest way to keep connected to a person’s life without having to talk every single day. Most people check their social media everyday and this will give you a little update as to what they’re doing with their life.

7. If you miss them, contact them.

Don’t wait around for your friend to contact you. Chances are, they’re missing you as much as you miss them and they will appreciate that you reached out to them.

Long distance friendships are definitely difficult, but nowhere near impossible. These simple steps can help make the situation just a little bit easier for you and your friends!

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1. You always have someone to talk to.

2. You know each other's schedules, and whenever you both have a break is an exciting time.

3. You'll never have to dance alone.


4. You always have someone to do something with, even if it's just walking down the hall.

5. You both look out for each other, because this is your first time without your parents.

6. You always have a shoulder to lean on when things get tough.

7. Borrowing each other's things is a daily thing.

8. You TRY to help with each other's homework and assignments.

9. They're encouraging when it comes to boys. (Unless they're a f*ckboy.)

10. They're your biggest support system and your personal cheerleader.

11. They never forget to wish you luck on a big exam.

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13. You both know each other's favorite and least favorite things.

14. Leaving each other notes saying goodbye before class if you don't see them is normal.

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Bullying Doesn’t Just Happen To Kids In School, It's Everywhere In The World

You would be shocked at how many bullies there truly are around you.

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I hear a good amount of people talk about and post about how kids are getting bullied in so many different forms nowadays thanks to social media and such, and almost all of those people blame it on the kids from school... Maybe that's just what the media has portrayed the most, but it's far from true. Bullies are right around every corner.

First, let's define what the word "Bully" actually means... Bully commonly used as a noun defined as "a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker," According to the online dictionary.

Now in the definition, it talks about someone using their "power" or "strength" to bring down someone who is so-called "weak"... Power or strength can mean a few different things such as a person's position in a career or group, someone's attitude, authority, or their superior place in the weaker person's life. The weaker person is usually someone who is seen as shy, not as appealing in looks, has no authority, maybe not as smart or "too smart", or frankly someone who is just not liked by the person with power.

Does this sound like this could be only kids in school doing the bullying? No... Let's rethink who bullies actually are.

Sure it is true that there are huge, absolutely terrible problems with cyberbullying, bullying at school with kids around the same age, and why do they do it? Because they feel superior. Maybe because they're wealthier, more "popular," or have some sort of grudge against the other person.

So who else are the bullies around us? People a lot closer than you think. Bullies can be our bosses, significant others, teachers, co-workers, siblings, and yes even parents.

Let's take one of those for example... As sad is it is to think that a child's parent could be their bully, it happens so much more often than you think. I've heard parents call their kids lazy, annoying, idiotic. And I've even heard parents of other kids saying those kinds of things about another families kids. It's absolutely heartbreaking...

I've heard teachers call kids names and tell them they are a waste of "their time" and they are lazy and going to fail. But why? Why are these figures around us that are supposed to be supporters and inspirers bringing the "weak" down instead of up? I wish I had the answer.

It truly has broken my heart to see someone cry because a figure in their life has made them feel unimportant, worthless and less of a person than they are.

It's honestly pitiful that so many people think they have a place in this world to tell someone else what they're worth because they think they're superior and know more?

No. And let me just say to anyone who feels they have that place in someone's life to bring them down, you need to take a hard look in the mirror and say the same things to yourself that you've said bad about anyone else to them or behind their back, and then see how you would feel.

You can never take the place in someone else's shoes, so why act like you've walked miles in them?

Next time think twice about what that person has gone through or could be going through, because you could be the last straw, the final person to truly make they feel they have no worth or place in this world, and that is one of the most, if not the most shameful act someone can do.

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