Many high school grads are excited to leave their hometowns and start a new chapter of their lives, but it's hard to let go of people who shaped your city into a home. Sadly, it is especially hard to maintain your friends back home during college: You're busy maintaining rigorous classes, working a part-time job, or just figuring your life out in a whole new location. Luckily, we live in the age of the Internet and have tools to stay in touch with our friends. In fact, there are many ways to sustain a long distance friendship. If you don't have time for hour-long phone calls or constant text messaging there are plenty of ways to continuously socialize. Sometimes it's just letting someone know you're thinking of them or simply catching up every few weeks.
Here are some fun, convenient options to maintain long-distance friendships:
Snapchat is easy to maintain multiple conversations going with sending one video. With a quick SnapChat video with the location attached, you can tell a story about the area or invite to hang out. These features limit a lot of catching up, in addition, you can fit more discussion in a video rather than allocating hours of back and forth messaging. Also, you'll definitely know when someone has seen your message no matter their settings for read receipts.
Simple meme tagging on Instagram or Facebook can translate to "thinking of you" or "what do you think about this?" to your friend. It can also spark new jokes or reminiscent old memories with these tags. Even better, you can multiply private messages for the same posts throughout the day to many friends or different group chats. Basically, you'll be communicating by sharing relatable social media content.
Sending letters may seem old school but it can be an entertaining, endearing form of friendship appreciation. You can even make a simple letter more exciting by placing a small polaroid or funny dollar store item in the envelope. Knowing the time and energy to send a letter shows your value of a friendship.
You can make and share a playlist on different platforms but you might have better luck with Spotify just because it's popular among college students due to it's $5 student discount subscription. So if you want to maintain an unspoken conversation, just maintain a personal Spotify playlist with your friend. You can add throwback childhood songs such as Jonas Brothers or certain artists related to your friendship. Overall, it's a great way to start a quick conversation of why you added a specific song or a way to maintain a dialogue through music.
Though it may be more time consuming than other ways to communicate, Facetime or skype call once a month can makeup weeks of no talking. It's nice to feel transported into a normal conversation through a video phone call. Best of all, there are no interruptions or wait time for responses, fulfilling a lot of topics you might have spent a couple of days discussing online.
Realistically, friendships come and go for many reasons but it doesn't mean you shouldn't try to sustain them. The people who are supposed to be part of your life will be understanding of your circumstances and will cherish simple video chats or a couple of meme tags.