Friendships & Relationships After College: It’s all About the People

Of course you’ll maintain your friendships after college! Of course those bonds and emotional committments you’ve forged will carry through to meaningful – albeit long distance – relationships after college! As the beginning of your life after college approaches, the idea of not keeping in touch with the college friends with whom you’ve shared so much just seems ridiculous.

The college experience is a rich and memorable one because it is full of friends, lovers, and acquaintances. The four years you spent earning your degree provided much more than a diploma… those four years also built the foundation for your network of friendships. After college, they can continue to develop and enrich your life as the years go by…with care and attention, of course!

It’s easy when all your friends live down the hall, or down the quad, or down the street. Even across town isn’t so bad. But graduation usually means that the friends you’ve spent so much time getting to know will soon be spattered across the country… or even the globe. It takes effort on everyone’s part to stay connected with friends, family, and significant others as you begin to focus on the next steps, including  finding a job after college. Not to mention the fun that begins when you find yourself in a new place in a new playing field. It’s like being a freshman all over again!

Yes, you can and maintain those friendships and relationships after college. This section is full of articles aimed to help you “make new friends and keep the old”, as well as provide guidance on  the ultimate post-graduate crises: long-distance relationships, dating, and … yes, marriage.

Articles About Maintaining Healthy Relationships After College

  • How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together When You’re Apart

    Long Distance Relationship

    You’ve had many-a single Valentine’s Day. You’ve wallowed with ice cream and a romantic comedy on the couch; you’ve spent it with your best friends; you’ve ignored the day entirely. This year, you’re in a relationship, but you’ll be alone again because you and your honey can’t be together, whether because of school, jobs or… read more »

  • Survive Your First Year Post-College With the Help of Family and Friends

    With May rolling in, graduation is quickly approaching and big decisions are being made. Some are put in the quandary of not yet having a job, while others may be deciding where to live, how to manage their expenses, and dealing with other major life decisions. This is an exciting and stressful transitioning period of… read more »

  • Living Alone vs. Living with a Roomie

    Congratulations! You have graduated, completed your college experience and you are now ready to start the real world on your own…or with a roomie. There are many different factors you should consider before you make your decision on whether or not you want to start your post grad life with a roommate or alone. Here… read more »

  • College Graduation: Navigating the Goodbyes and Beginning Again

    Beyond final projects and endless exams, it’s hard to imagine anything else that can be more stressful about college graduation. While this is very much a time for celebration and excitement, it is also wrought with challenging final academic obligations, worried anticipation about “the real world”, and the impending goodbyes to take place. Graduation is… read more »

  • Adapting With the Times – Make New Friends, Keep “Old” Ones

    I belong to a group of more than five friends from high school. After going away to college, I was immersed in the sea of eager freshmenhood (no, that isn’t a real word) and selfishly put my “old” relationships on the backburner. I began building a close relationship with my roommate and other girls in… read more »

  • Post Grad Roommates: How To Stay Friends

    Though the situations seem a lot alike, having a roommate in a college dorm and living with someone in the real world can be two completely different situations. When you don’t have class all day, eat in a dining hall and have everything at your fingertips, apartment life can get a bit, well, annoying. I… read more »