It’s Spring 2007. All things are pointing towards your graduation date this coming May. You’re doing interviews and job searches while studying for exams and finishing final projects. You’re making major decisions that will effect your life for years to come. Will I go to grad school? If so, where? Do I want a job in this area, or do I want to move? Where will I live?
While all these questions and more will come at you, there’s one question that doesn’t come up as quickly but may be just as important: what about my friends? Some may think that friends come and go out of your life, but these are intimate relationships that you have forged over the past four or more years. Depending on the decisions you make you’ll either be seeing them all the time, or maybe never again.
This can be a depressing time. For the most part, close friends that you make in college remain that way for most of your life. You’ve gained a sense of identity and Independence with these people, and now you have to maintain that on your own. The best way to get through it is to be honest about the situation. Things are going to change, very soon and very fast. The faster you can come to terms with that fact, the more you will be able to enjoy the time you have left with people at college.
Here are some tips to help you squeeze the most out of your remain time at college with your friends:
Keep It Simple
Do you remember how you met most of your friends at school for the first time? Was it in the dining hall? At the gym? Keep doing the things that caused you to meet in the first place. It’s cheap and it will give you plenty of new memories before you say goodbye. Have study parties, games nights, whatever it takes to get people together.
Be sure to get everyone’s information. With email and cell phones, it’s much easier to keep in contact with people now than it used to be. Once you get it, make sure you use it. Don’t just wait for someone to call you. Make sure that you are proactive (at least in the beginning) in reaching old to old college buddies.
Spring Break Getaway
If you want to stay away from the simple side of things, you all could plan one last spring break trip. If you start planning and saving now, you shouldn’t run into too many problems planning a trip that you all will remember.
Don’t wait until you don’t see anyone to let them know how you feel. Tell them now! Feelings are meant to be express towards the one they are for.
Hopefully these tips will help you to enjoy your college relationships before you all go your separate ways. Make some lasting memories!