Trying to ace finals while keeping track of your cap and gown is stressful enough. Losing touch with your closest friends is worse.
As your lives go in different directions and places, it can be scary to think about staying in touch and keeping those friendships as tight as they were in the dining hall and dorm room.
But long-distance friendships aren’t restricted to missed Skype dates anymore — there are so many other creative ways to ensure your friendships won’t wane as much as your tolerance for all-nighters.
1. Group chats
Transfer your daily conversations onto your mobile device. Long-running group chats will help keep each other up to date on your personal lives instantly, no matter where in the world you guys are. Using a wifi-based app like GroupMe or WhatsApp lets you connect with larger groups of people from any device using your tablet, laptop or cell. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
2. Care packages
This is like Lindsay Lohan’s Parent Trap Hallie sending Annie some peanut butter and Oreos. Especially if your friend has moved to another country, send some of her favorite foods and mementos from home . If gathering supplies to send off sounds tedious, look no further than Pijon Box, a monthly curated care package that you can send to your loved ones based on your budget and their gender. Each parcel contains new items that range from beauty care to socks to snacks.
3. Friendship bracelets
If colorful camp bracelets cramp your style, upgrade your and your friends’ for the 21st century.Wearshare creates custom homemade and water-resistant friendship bracelets that feature — wait for it — printed photographs. Up to seven images of your choice can fit on the canvas bracelet, along with a border and color of your choice. Each bracelet has a scannable code that can be accessed by your mobile phone to view the images on a larger scale.
4. Long-distance book club
You guys are friends because of common interests, right? Well, whatever those interests are, from robots to romance, start a long-distance book club between each other. By reading the same book at the same time, your daily lives will still share something in common, and you’ll always have something to talk about. You guys can literally be on the same page.
5. Foster your own social media network
It’s easy for you and your friends to lose each other in the constant updates of your many Facebook friends and Instagram followers. Instead, make your own social media network on the app Path. The private timeline lets you share the basic videos and images, but also connects to other apps so you can share the music you listen to, WordPress posts you write and Nike workouts you track — with only your small circle of friends. Your friends can respond to a post with emoticons, and even if they don’t, you’ll be able to see everyone who views each of your posts.