Long Distance Relationship Advice for College Students

Published On May 27, 2016 | By Evelyn Quisenberry | Featured, Friendship, Love

When you get to college, you will soon realize that long distance relationships are de rigueur. Indeed, it will feel like every other person you meet is in one. This is because college can drive some distance between couples. It is very rare that a couple will get into the same college. Even then, a relationship that existed in your small town, may not withstand the pressures of a big city or big campus. If you are in a long distance relationship, it is important to understand that you will be in for a rocky ride. A relationship thrives on face-to-face experiences – not digital ones. However, it can be done if you put the work into it. Here is some long distance relationship advice for college students.

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Create Some Rules and Parameters

Creating rules is important when you are in a long distance relationship. You want to know when to talk, when you will visit and you want to know how open ended your relationship is. Some couples in a long distance relationship like to keep things open. When it comes down to it, it is all about maintaining a level of freedom, which can actually strengthen a relationship.

Make Sure that Your Schoolwork Remains a Priority

When you are in college, whether you are getting Northeastern’s masters in finance or USC’s masters in accounting, you want to make sure that your school work comes first. If you let your long distance relationship go first, you will start slipping in school, which is the last thing you want. Only after you are done studying, or done writing a paper, should you call or videoconference your partner.

Don’t Share Every Single Detail of Each Other’s Lives

When you do talk on the phone, or videoconference, you want to make sure that you don’t divulge everything. This is especially the case if you have peeled open the relationship and made it a little freer. Going into too much detail could cause unnecessary jealousness, which is inevitable. Ideally, you want to stick to the highlights, because all that anger could cause an irreversible rift. You should be enjoying the time you have together – even if it’s over video chat.

Refrain from Overt Signs of Digital Affection

When you are in a relationship, it can be easy to let the world know how you feel with social media. Oftentimes, you just want to shout it from the rooftop. Yet, you want to be careful about doing this in college, especially if front of your new college friends. This is why you want to keep most of your relationship off social media.

Don’t Let Your Imagination get the Best of You

On top of everything, you want to keep a level head when you aren’t talking to your significant other on the phone. In some cases, you may start to feel a little jealous or you’ll those familiar pangs from missing the person. However, you want to breathe and take a step back. If you let your imagination get to you, it will be harder for you to focus on school and enjoy your life in college.

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