When life gets busy, there are plenty of ways we can put forth a little extra effort to keep the bonds of friendship strong.
Hey there, Hannah-Beth’s readers! My name is Catherine. How’s it going? I won’t lie, I’m a bit stressed...
We loved spending time with each other, and living in the same dorm made it easy to do so constantly. (I’m sure anybody else who has made a great dorm-friend knows exactly what I’m talking about.) We ate meals together, we worked out together, we partied together, we cried together…and—the tell-tale test of any true friendship—we cuddled together.
Don’t get me wrong, growing apart from others in life is normal. I feel very strongly about that. But I also believe that when you find a truly spectacular friendship (or any kind of relationship), it’s worth the extra effort to make it work. After all, sometimes life strews you across campus—or the world—and it’s nobody’s fault.
1. Dine together
2. Take a low-unit class together
3. Do your chores together
4. Join a club together
5. Get in a routine
6. Set a goal and stick to it
7. For long-distance friendships, a text message goes a long way
As I write this list today, Dear Reader, I remind myself that it doesn’t take a ridiculous amount of effort and planning to stay in touch with the people we care about. I’m personally excited to start planning weekly brunches with my friends at our favorite dining hall.
It's not our fault that life gets busy sometimes. But great friendships are like treasures, and believe me, they’re worth putting in the little extra time to make it work.