Long-Distance Relationships: Making It Work in College

Many students find themselves in long-distance relationships when entering college. Here are some ideas on how to survive a long-distance relationship.

Maintaining a relationship in college can be difficult. It’s even more difficult when you and your partner choose to go to different schools or one remains in high school while the other goes to college. However, maintaining a long-distance relationship in college is not impossible.

Whether you think your partner is “the one” or you simply wish to keep a good thing going, these long-distance relationship tips can help make the transition that comes with separation easier and more manageable.

College is a time of great personal growth, and it’s inevitable that some couples grow apart.

Maintaining Contact

Luckily, the technological amenities of the 21st century make communication easier and more interactive than it was for generations past. Cell phones, email and video chat programs such as Skype provide you with a multitude of platforms to keep in contact with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Don’t Get Jealous

It can be tough to hear about all the fun your partner is having, especially when they’re making new friends of the opposite sex. Remember, though, everyone enters college looking to make new friends. Take this as a positive. Your partner is reaching out and having an enjoyable experience. You’ll score major points if you are happy about this rather than bitter and jealous.

While some couples have designated times to speak with each other, don’t take a missed phone call as a sign that your partner is cheating on you. If you are genuinely worried, it’s fine to express these feelings, but remember that nothing ruins chemistry faster than incessant nagging or blatant jealously.

Keep Things Interesting

One of the biggest problems with long-distance relationships is that without face-to-face contact, couples lose the chemistry and excitement of dating. Surprise your partner with small gifts, a visit to his school or a hand-written letter. You don’t have to do anything extravagant; you just want to regularly remind your partner that he or she is still in your thoughts.

Breakups Happen

Even if you use all of the aforementioned long-distance relationships tips, in some cases it might not be enough. College is a time of great personal growth, and it’s inevitable that some couples grow apart. This happens even to those who go to the same school. While breakups are difficult, you’ve got the rest of college ahead of you, not to mention the rest of your life. Use your friends as support, branch out and meet new people, and talk to others who’ve gone through the same situation.

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