They often say that friendships that we make at school are the strongest, which is not surprising since it goes back to the times when we discover the world, have our first crushes and learn more about who we are.
Staying in touch with our friends as we leave high school is one of those important things that one should consider as it will help to feel connected and safe as you join college, work, or move to another place.
The Ways to Keep In Touch With Friends After High School
1. Communicate at least twice a week.
The most important thing is to stay in touch and do so as often as you can, even if your friends do not contact you first. As you graduate, it is easy to get lost and feel confused as you have to make certain choices in life and act “adult and independent”. Still, we all need someone trustworthy we can talk to and be weak once in a while. Talk to each other and let the fun times roll because it is just another stage of life that we all go through!
2. Exchange your contacts regularly.
Take your time to exchange contacts by writing them down because storing them on your computer and phone is often prone to crashing or getting lost. Keep this information updated as often as possible and remember that writing something down in a special book with the names, addresses, or phone numbers may be safer and better for some cases. It has been done for decades and always helped our parents or even grandparents find their school friends!
3. Offer mutual help and do things together.
This is how most friendships should be – you must be there for each other and do various things together by discussing them. As school ends, it does not mean that you must become distant or start with another life somewhere at college. While things may change, friendships should remain. When one of you becomes stuck with some college admission letter or any writing task, analyze the requirements together or read Top Writers Review to see what kind of help you may get. Share what you learn and do not be afraid to ask for help ‘cause this is what friends are for!
4. Send care packages and real letters.
Think about those times when you come across nice books or beautiful postcards as you travel the world. If you know that your best friend is an avid gamer, you can send them a pair of new headphones or some accessories like LED lamps for the desk. If you have someone truly special, send them a real letter by writing down the words of care and encouragement. It will make your friends cherish such postcards and letters forever because it shows genuine care and appreciation.
5. Organize group chats and social media following.
Since almost every person these days has a social media account with a smartphone, you should remember to follow each other and show signs of appreciation. It only takes a minute, but a comment makes people feel much better and safer as they know that their friends are still there. The same relates to group chats that you can consider to make sure that everyone in your circle of friends is doing fine.
Video Conferencing is Not For Studies Alone
The majority of school students use Skype or Zoom for studies during these challenging times of social distancing, yet we often forget that video conferencing benefits and accessibility can be used to talk to our friends as well. While this may seem like an obvious fact to many, it is good to plan your scheduled meeting times and various video chats where you can simply discuss things and talk about life anytime. Create several rooms where you can talk in public or in private, and never miss a chance to make each other smile.
An educator and academic researcher, Merissa believes that having good connections in life must come first. As an avid explorer, she likes to share what she learns. Follow Merissa to find inspiration and learn.
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