Friends You Will Make In College, Part One

Friends You Will Make In College, Part One

By Kent McGroarty

The friends you make in college can end up being friends for life. You'll make dear friends, homework buddies, and pals who make you wonder, "Um, how did I become friends with this person?" Here are three common types of college friends:

The Roommate. Most people will have at least one roommate while in college. If your school assigns you a roommate freshman year, call him or her. Getting to know the person a little will help ease your mind when you move in. My first roommate and I bonded over the phone due to our mutual love of Star Wars. Superficial, perhaps, but it made me feel better!

When school starts, you and your roommate will likely become friends—or at least be friendly—because you're the only person the other one knows. You can laugh together over a goofy dorm-mate who insists on having nervous breakdowns in the very public hallway. You can learn the ins and outs of college together. You can take care of each other when sick since your moms aren't there. You can help each other with homework and calm each other down. Who knows, by the year's end, you might be planning your summer trips to visit each other and deciding where you want to live together next year.

The Friend From Home. You might not keep in touch with all your high school BFFs, but make an effort with the ones you love the best. While it may be difficult to talk all the time, you can stay up to date via Facebook. Compare and contrast your college experiences, like what kind of mattresses you both sleep on, room size, dining hall food, workload, and favorite professors. If you go to school in different cities, you can become each other's personal tour guides. Hang out during holiday and summer vacations, and visit each other at school when possible. It is always fun to experience a different college campus—plus flings with your friend's friends at school are generally a lot less embarrassing than bad-idea trysts with the guy on your floor. If you stay friends while growing and changing in college, it's safe to say you'll be friends always.

The Neighbor. The neighbor can be your saving grace when you don't like your roommate. They are also beneficial if you and your roommate simply do not get along from the beginning. I sought refuge with my neighbors whenever my roommate said things like, "The smell of your breakfast oatmeal makes me nauseous." My neighbors and I hung out on the front steps of our apartment building, went grocery shopping, ate dinner together, and danced the night away at our favorite gay clubs.

Will you/do you keep in touch with your high school besties?

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Topics: roommates, neighbors, college friends

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