Before delving fully into how you can maintain friendships after school, it is worthy of note that our current educational system is heavily reliant on physical learning. In other words, you have to be there physically if you must gain from it. But, if there is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, it’s that, that system is a bit flawed. However, constant physical exposure to other people does have its benefits, one of which includes making great friends.
These friends can make your life an even better place and expose you to myriads of opportunities. The only problem is that when you leave school, distance makes it more difficult to maintain the friendship. To help you keep up with people, we’ve whipped up four useful tips. They’ll serve as a guide if you want to maintain friendships after school.
Make an effort to keep in touch
By “make an effort,” we do not mean that you should leave a measly “hi” in their inbox whenever you feel like it. In fact, some might say that this could do more harm than good because it is a particularly lazy attempt.
But, if you want to maintain your friendships after school, you should make a conscious effort to keep in touch. Try to have a decent conversation two to three times a week. If it is possible for both of you to meet up, schedule a meeting at least once a month so you can spend quality time with them.
Genuinely try to find out how they are faring
You really cannot call yourself their friend if you only care about yourself, and you rarely talk to them about their welfare. So, if you must maintain your valued friendship with him/her, you must be able to consciously show that you care for them. Ask them how things are going. Inquire about their families and be genuine about it. It goes without saying that you should be willing to help with any problem if the need arises.
Do not miss important events
After school, several landmark events will occur in the lives of your friends. Some will get married, and some will have their own kids. Alongside that, some might get their PhD and even receive commendable appointments. When these things happen, do not miss them. Unless it is utterly unavoidable with your health being threatened, try not to miss their events.
Do not allow disagreements to linger
Friends are bound to argue at some point in time or the other. It is naturally meant to happen. However, a major problem arises when both of you cannot solve your problems, and you let them linger. While disagreements are natural, letting them linger is not, and it can break your friendship. So, whenever something like that comes up, try to settle it as soon as possible. It would go a long way in helping to keep the friendship alive.
Long-distance friendships aren’t exactly as emotionally charged as long-distance relationships. However, like the latter, a long-distance friendship must be tended to. By following our tips, you should be able to maintain friendships after school.