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During your formative college years, you get to discover yourself and make new friends. After graduating, most people are ready to move out on their own, start a career, or even travel the world — but that doesn’t mean they want to leave their friendships behind.
Staying close with your college friends after graduation may seem challenging, especially if you move to different cities. You may start texting and calling each other less now once you don’t live together or see each other on campus every day.
It’s natural for college friends to lose touch with each other over the years. However, with a little creativity and dedication, you can stay connected and keep creating new memories with them. These six tips can help you stay in touch with the people who meant the most to you during college.
Create a Private Group or Message Thread on Social Media
Since you’re likely already connected to your friends on social media anyway, use that to your advantage. Nearly every platform lets you create a private group or direct message thread, so create one with your college buddies to keep each other updated on your lives. This can also be a great way to keep an ongoing journal of what you and your friends have done over the years.
Send Snail Mail Letters and Postcards
With today’s technology, snail mail is often the last place people look to keep in touch. If you and your friends like to write, send each other letters through snail mail. You can also maintain a shared journal or scrapbook that you mail back and forth to each other, or send postcards from the locations you’ve visited. At the very least, make notes in your calendar to send something to your friends for special occasions, such as birthdays and holidays.
Explore Your Shared Interests Together
Chances are you and your college friends bonded over shared hobbies, activities, or projects. If you loved the same books in your literature courses, set up an informal book club and discuss your current reads over FaceTime or Skype. If you spent a lot of time in the computer lab, participate in a virtual coding event or hackathon together. If you’re looking for something new to do, try one of these fun and healthy activities with your friends.
Plan Annual Meetups
Nothing beats meeting your friends live and in-person. If you’re missing the good old days on campus, perhaps plan a trip to meet your group of friends at your alma mater. You can go for any special occasion, such as homecoming or another alumni event, or you can pick a time that works best for everyone’s schedule.
Alternatively, if you still live nearby, you can plan small get-togethers in each other’s cities. This can be a great way to visit new locations and try visiting new places, such as museums, parks or public events.
Over the years, you’ll lose touch with some of your friends. As you enter new stages of your lives, it’s natural to grow apart. If you’ve completely lost touch with old friends and don’t know how to find them, try running a public records search to look them up. Once you have some contact information, you can reach out and reconnect over college memories.