College is known as one of the busiest times in a young adult’s life. Most people move out of their parent’s house. Some live on campus or rent an apartment. It’s a huge change! In order to better handle these life changes, it is good to make great lasting relationships. So, how do we keep up with the stresses of schoolwork and maintain relationships in a busy life? The answer is easier than you think! These are the things that have worked for me.
1. Get out of your room
Is there an activity going on around campus this week? Go to it! What can it hurt? More than likely you will meet some pretty cool people there. They may not turn into life long relationships, but they might! And at least you can say you had a good time! As my mom would say, you’ll never know until you try! You’ll probably eat some good food there at least, and what’s more important than that right?(; This is a picture of me (left), my friend Alli (middle), and my roommate Chelsea (right) at a carnival that my school had. We had a great time jumping on the inflatables and shooting people with water guns!
2. Get involved
Did you do drama in high school? Find the drama team on campus and join it! What about sports? Join an intramural team! There are a ton of different groups on campus so there is always something for everyone to get involved in. Joining groups and teams is a great way to build new relationships. At my college, I’m involved in the ministry team. Last year, most of my ministry team group went on a school sponsored weekend trip with other college students and hiked the mountain behind us. I actually met my boyfriend on this trip, but that’s a whole other story.
3. Think more about others than yourself
This one is a little unusual, I know. But when we are thinking of others, we are more willing to shoot a smile or say hello to someone who looks like they’re not having a good day. These small gestures will help your life feel more full and could possibly gain you a few new friends along the way. It’s a win-win really.
4. Maintain Relationships
How do we keep up with class, homework, new friends, and old friends? Try calling them! I know people don’t call too much these days, but, personally, I think it is a much better way to communicate than texting. Stop for a minute and think about it. When you text a friend, you are able to multi-task. But, when you call, you are literally forced to give them all of your attention and the conversation gets past, ”Hey, what’s up?” If you have a best friend back home like me, try to schedule a weekly phone call that fits both of your schedules. You could also try Facetiming or Skyping them! This can be fun and may make you feel more at home since you can actually see them. Most importantly, when you go home, try to find time to hang out with them! Below is a fun picture of two of my good friends back home, Laurie(middle) and Bailee (left). We had an awesome surprise birthday party for Laurie!
Well, guys, these are the things that have helped me maintain relationships in a busy college life! I hope they will help you too! Do you have a special way that you make new relationships at your college? Or a way to keep your relationships with friends back home strong? If so, post them in the comments below!
How do you keep up with relationships in a busy life? I would love to know in the comments below!
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