Summer Away From Your College Best Friends As Told By Gifs

Summer Away From Your College Best Friends As Told By Gifs

Your best friend isn't down the hall or a few minutes away anymore.

Saying goodbye to your college best friends isn’t easy. Being apart for the summer after spending nine months together is an adjustment that will take some getting used to. These friends are the reason why college felt so much like a home and it’s hard to imagine your daily life without them.

Here are some of the difficulties faced when we no longer have our best friends just a few minutes away from us for the summer.

1. You don’t have someone to deal with your mood swings

No one knows how to handle your moods like they do.

2. You don’t have a snuggle buddy

There won’t be your best friend down the hall to jump into bed with and tell about your night or complain about a boy to.

3. No one understands your inside jokes

You’ll make a joke around your family or hometown friends and no one laughs because they don’t understand it. Such a shame.

4. The group message dies down

There are fewer notifications on your phone because everyone is busy with their own summer schedules.

5. You only have one closet

Choosing an outfit now becomes even harder than when you had six closets to dig through.

6. “I wish they were here”

Doing something or seeing something that reminds you of your best friend and thinking, “I wish they were here”.

7. The difficulties of trying to get together

Having friends from all over the state who all have different work schedules makes it very difficult to hang out.

8. Whenever you do see your best friends, it’s like a holiday

You’re usually hungover alone and don’t have anyone to share funny stories from the night before with.

10. You have to get ready alone

Your roommates aren’t there to help you with your makeup or hair, and you aren’t jamming to music together getting ready for a night out.

11. You feel incomplete

Without your other half by your side, life just isn't the same.

Not having your best friends down the hall or just minutes away can be hard. But realizing how much you miss them over the summer just shows how good of friends you have and to never take them for granted.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Turning 'I'm Sorry' Into 'Thank You'

A process of self-awareness I think everyone should consider.


My entire life I've been apologetic.

I use apologies far too often in my daily life. Whether it be to someone holding the door for me even though I'm still ten feet from the door or my interrupting the custodian cleaning my hall's bathroom. From stepping on my friend's toes to bumping into someone in line at Starbucks.

I think as children, we are taught that apologizing for our actions wipes away the consequences from those actions. In past relationships, I have relied on apologies to make myself feel better about how I've made others feel instead of actually using them to improve my actions.

For me, it has just become something ingrained in my personality. I've noticed that it has become a reflex rather than a conscious response. What I've realized recently is that this is something I can change.

Apologies are helpful when mending hurtful or accidental situations, especially when you find yourself in the wrong, but not everything deserves an, "I'm sorry," and using that phrase for every accidental encounter or mistake, in my eyes, lessens its impact.

If we all use, "I'm sorry," for every minor inconvenience we cause, the words become less meaningful.

I have read about this online a lot lately, and it is suggested that instead of apologizing, we should give thanks.

If I'm late for a date with my friends, the old me would've said, "I'm SO sorry, guys!" But the new me will say, "Thank you for waiting for me."

Instead of apologizing to our (wonderful) custodians, I'll say, "Thank you so much for the work you do here every day."

If someone is kind enough to hold the door for me, even though I'm nowhere near it, I won't apologize for inconveniencing them. Instead, I will take the time to appreciate the fact that they were kind enough to do so, despite my distance from the door.

I think that this is a process everyone can benefit from, so long as they are willing to be conscious of their thoughts and the words they speak. By replacing, "I'm sorry," with an expression of gratitude, we can develop a more positive mindset and reserve apologies for situations that deserve them.

We can also use those rare apologies to remind us to improve our actions; if we hurt someone, we don't get to decide that we didn't or invalidate their feelings. We can then meaningfully apologize and allow it to inherently change our behavior.

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