Everyone knows that long distance relationships are hard but if you do a good job they are a lot easier.
Right now I am in a long distance relationship with one of my best friends, Leslie. She is Co-oping about 1,300 miles away from me. When I first heard that she was leaving I was totally devastated and quite frankly I was scared. We had spend two and a half years spending almost every day together (besides breaks) and I had spent all of college with her. I was nervous that our friendship couldn't last when being separated by many miles and many months. Fortunately, Leslie and I are still just as close so I want to share some tips on how to make long distance work.
I am also long distance with my friend Tara who is studying abroad right now. The hardest thing about keeping in contact with a friend who is abroad is that you have to be careful not to get charged huge fees for international contact. I have also been long distance with Tara for a long time since we go to school 6 hours apart, and often our breaks from school don't match up. Yet, we have remained besties since freshman year of high school and are still really close.
And just in case you think I'm a total noob at this, I have been VERY long distance with my best friend Kelly for a really long time. Kelly and I met in middle school when we were both the new kids and clicked right away. I was totally devastated when I heard sophomore year that Kelly was going to move to Colorado, and Kelly and I have been long distance friends ever since, and we have remained as close as ever.
So, I will be writing about three different kinds of long distance friendships and ways to keep them close. This will be done in three parts!
My general Tips
1. Snapchat is your best friend - The beauty of snapshat is you get to talk and see your bestie at the same time.
2. Share small details - It's important to not only talk when there are major things going on but also to talk about the small things. By keeping your friend updated on all the small stuff they can better understand the big stuff.
3. If there is a time difference make sure to be aware of it. If you have an iphone it's easy to add clocks to your phone through the world clocks.
1. The temporary distance, Written by Leslie
Ah, the long-distance relationship…Ted Mosby may say it never works, but I have to respectfully disagree. To be clear, I am not talking about romantic relationships, but friendships. Though I’m sure these three easy points would work for romantic relationships too.
Here are my three “tips” on making any long-distance relationship work:
Come to think of it, these three tips all really just fall under the main guideline that I live my life by:
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
That’s why I like to make people happy, because I don’t like being sad, or mad. And thanks to Snapchat, it’s so easy to take a funny picture and send it off to put a smile on someone’s face :)
I will be the first to admit, I am not an expert on this stuff…but I hope it helped!
Do you have long distance friendships?
A little about me
Natalie. 26. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, crafting, feminism, makeup, and reading.