Relations We Choose Ourselves: Friends


Since many students who are in college may not have family or friends from the high school nearby, they look for other people to hang out with. College friends are somewhat different than friends from high school because you bond in different ways. You may bond during late night study sessions, making dinner together, or during drives home. In a way, they become somewhat like your family.

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During college, there are a variety of ways to develop these friendships, which have the potential of becoming lifelong friendships.

Sometimes many students make lifelong friendships with their roommates. If you have a good experience with your roommate during your first year of college, you may want to continue living with that roommate. You may learn things that only their families know about them. Living together also provides opportunities for a lot of inside jokes, which can create even stronger bonds.

Developing lifelong friendships does take some time. Don’t be discouraged if the first couple of people you meet don’t turn out to be the type of friends you were hoping for. You may need to keep on trying to meet new people. You may make friends with people who you wouldn’t have considered being friends with before. Keep yourself surrounded by good people who share similar goals to help you stay on track.

Many times, it happens that we get negative experiences in friendship one after the other. In such a situation, do not lose hope. Till the time life brings another potential life long friendship, try to become your own best friend as who knows you better than yourself. Understanding your own self will only make you a better friend.