6 things to do with high school friends before parting ways In The Fall

6 things to do with high school friends before parting ways In The Fall

These people shaped you into the person you are now, make sure that you give them the proper goodbye.

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1. Camping

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There isn't anything like camping to have a blast before you all part ways. Whether you go to the beach or out in the woods, you'll be sure to make another great memory before college.

2. Concerts

This summer has been packed with the most concerts I've ever been to. It is an awesome way to party with everyone a few extra times. Sometimes a smaller group is a better way to go for this, since it gives you more personal time with the friends you are closest with.

3. Boating

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Nothing says making memories more than almost dying multiple times out on the river or lake with your best buds. You can make a whole day out of it, or even a weekend if you want to tie in camping.

4. One last visit at each house.

Something that my friends and I have been doing is visiting each house as a group each weekend as a countdown to when the first few of us leave. It is a really fun way to have a last hoorah in each of the places we have spent growing up in.

5. Reliving old memories.

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We're all adults now, and pretty soon nobody will want to do the really awesome stuff we did when we were young. Nerf? Fort building? Do it now one last time with everybody, and remember the great times you had when you were younger. Nobody besides your best friends will know, so don't be afraid to do the most embarrassing, cringe inducing activities.

6. Just spending time together and talking

Spend time in big groups, spend time in small groups, spend time one on one, and just take it all in. It is very possible that you might not all ever be in the same room again, so embrace the people who have made you who you are, and don't pass up the opportunity to make one more memory.

As you move on and begin to make new friends that will quite possibly be lifelong friends, don't forget about the foundation that your childhood and high school friends gave you, and the comfort level that you have with these friends that not too many other people will be able to give you.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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It Is OK To Have Guy Friends That Are Literally Just Guy Friends

Some of my best friends are guys and sometimes they are better friends than girls are.

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Lately, I have come to the realization that some of my guy friends are better then some girls I call my "friends". Ever since middle school, I have always had many guy friends that have always been just guy friends, and nothing more. Some girls had a problem with it back then and they still do now, maybe because they are jealous, or maybe because they feel left out. However, I decided a long time ago to keep those guy friends for reasons like...

1. They Don't Take Things So Seriously

You can always joke around with them, and they will joke around with you right back. You can be as nice as you want or as mean as you want to them, and they will always take it as joke. I think that sometimes girls have a difficult time deciphering between when you are being serious or when you are joking. Most of my guys friends tend to not things too seriously at least 75% of the time.

2. They Are Always Honest

When I need a blatantly honest opinion I always ask my guy friends (and my mom). I do this because guys do not really care about whether or not their response will make you mad. Also, guys do not think about if their answer will benefit them personally or not before they answer.

3. They Genuinely Listen To You

Not all the time. But when I am upset, they are always the ones most concerned. Some of my guy friends take over the "big brother" role when it comes to some situations. My guy friends always listen to my problems or just the same old rants I give all the time because if something is wrong, or something has hurt me, they want to know, in order for them to try and fix it.

I am not trying to say that my girl friends are not my best friends either, and I really do have the best best friend. But sometimes, it just feels good to hangout with my guy friends. Guy friends, that I have never had a romantic relationship or feelings for and they have not had for me. These guys have always been there, and for that I am grateful.

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