Making a long distance relationship work // AKA when you meet someone in college

January 15, 2015

Some people actively look for love in college, others it seems to happen when they weren't even looking. It seems perfect, getting to see them everyday, but often times we forget about long breaks, and summers when everyday becomes every few weeks. Here's a few tips on how to make it work when the distance seems unbearable.

1. Skype & FaceTime

Seeing them laugh on a computer screen isn't anywhere close to the real thing, but it's still nice to hear and see. Setting a Skype date for either everyday, week, or month (whatever works for you) will have something to always look forward to. Also be sure to leave some things out of your texting conversations so you have something to bring up in conversation.

2. Letters

It may seem a tad old school, but it's so exciting to be waiting for a letter in the mail and have something that your significant other has physically touched. It's also a great idea to keep them all in a binder or scrapbook for a later date to look back onto.

3. Phone calls

If you can't make video chat work as often as you like, phone calls are also a really nice thing to have as often as possible. I recommend everyday, but again, whatever your schedules look like will vary the number of calls. Be sure to keep a few tidbits of your day out of the texting conversation to have something to talk about. Another important tip is to make sure you don't have any other distractions while you're on the phone. It's easy to get distracted from your loved ones story, but turn off the TV and stop playing music and just listen.

4. Make plans

If you two plan on meeting up over long breaks (I highly recommend it, you won't regret it), talk about what you're going to do and get excited about it! Start a countdown, make a secret surprise for the other, do anything that'll keep your mind off the distance.

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