As my senior year of high school came to a close I soon realized that I would no longer be living fifteen minutes from my best friend in the entire world. I wasn't one of those kids who was lucky enough to go to college with my best friend and began to panic since I had spent the past few years attached to her hip. As our freshman year of college started she headed off to California and I went up to Maine, only two thousand miles apart. Despite the fact that in the begininning our friendship hit a few bumps I'm so happy that our friendship was put to the test. As a junior in college my friendship with this amazing girl is stronger than it has ever been and I know I will have her around for the rest of my life. Here's what it is like to have a long-distance friendship.
1. Your first goodbye is an emotional train wreck.
You go through numerous boxes of tissues and cry enough tears to fill up a swimming pool. You promise to keep in touch and try to plan out how you're going to make it across the country on a college student budget to visit one another. You take one final picture together and make sure to frame and make it the centerpiece of your dorm room.
2. You lose touch for a while.
Despite the fact that you told each other you would talk all the time you're both busy with new classes, new people and other things in life. You start to get nervous about your standing with one another and plan to call soon but wind up getting distracted or falling asleep.
3. You're constantly texting one another.
Once you figure out this whole college thing you start talking to each other again. Despite the fact that this may take a few months or the entire semester you soon begin talking all the time. Your roommates don't even bother asking who your texting anymore and soon enough you are back to being each other's best friends on Snapchat.
4. You spend hours on the phone or Skype updating each other.
You stay up until ungodly hours, due to the time difference, gossiping with one another about the boys in your class, the drama with your new friends or roommates and everything else in between.
5. You stalk their social media and ask to know everyone they hang out with.
You ask for the life story behind everyone who they just posted a picture with on Instagram, Facebook, etc.
6. You count down the days until you're reunited.
You download a countdown app and text each other every day saying how many days are left until your weird selves are reunited again.
7. You have at least one breakdown a semester where you miss them like crazy.
You can only go so many days without seeing your best friend. It's ok to lose it every now and then and call them crying about how much you miss them.
8. You post endless throwbacks with them.
You scroll through your photos and pick the most embarrassing selfie to post online to remind everyone else how much you love your best friend.
9. When you're reunited it's like you haven't seen each other in years.
You run faster than you thought you ever could towards one another and tackle your best friend to the ground as you cry, laugh and smile all at the same time.
10. Your friendship becomes even stronger.
You can survive the distance so you can now survive anything else life throws at the two of you.