Long Distance Relationship

By Kate, age 19, New Hampshire
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
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In the fall of 2009, I began my very first semester of college. Fresh out of high school, I was excited and nervous. Are the classes hard? Will I miss home? Are the people nice? And mostly ... will I like my roommate?!

I am now on my last semester as a sophomore, and my roommate Brittany and I are inseparable! We no longer dorm, so we aren't roommates, but we both commuted and drove to classes together. We even managed to have a few classes together!

But, that was last semester.

Over winter break, she told me some very bad news. She wasn't going back to college for the spring semester. In fact, she wasn't going back at all.

When we were freshmen, we didn't really seem to click with the other freshmen. Brittany had her own friends outside of the college, as did I. But we got along well with each other and did everything together. We walked to lunch and dinner together, did homework together, and even had some classes together. Maybe it was our own fault for why we never clicked with other freshmen, but we got along well with the upperclassmen, so we weren't totally unsociable, as it may seem.

So when I heard the news I was crushed. We were supposed to have classes together. We were supposed to hang out between classes, grab bagels together, do homework, and gossip. I didn't have that anymore. And, to make things worse, I didn't have anyone to do that with. She was my best friend, and honestly, the only friend I had on campus. I had a few other friends, but they were upperclassmen who had graduated, were about to graduate, or I hardly ever saw since I commuted now and we didn't have classes together.

So, I had to go to classes alone. I had to hang out between classes alone. I had to grab food alone. But maybe I could at least gossip with Brittany on Facebook.

Currently, we are in a long distance friendship relationship. She lives back at home with her parents, about two hours away from the college and from my house, which makes hanging out difficult. I knew it would be, but of course, we promised to hang out every now and then. We haven't yet, and I hate to say that I don't think we ever will, but that's how it seems. I'd hate to lose a best friend over something as silly as distance, but can it be done? Or am I doomed to be without a best friend?

Long distance relationships aren't only between couples. But, maybe we can make it work.

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