Let’s Talk About a Long-Distance Relationship in College

Long distance… I hate that phrase. I knew I wanted to come to college single and so I did. And boy did I love being single my freshman year. But some boy decided to come into my life my sophomore year and where was he from? Back home in PA and where did I go to college? Yep in Florida, my luck. I even told myself I wasn’t going to date anyone from my hometown because I wanted a new life… well that didn’t really go as planned did it. But people truly come into your life for a reason. So here I am summer going into sophomore year in the best honeymoon phase I could’ve possibly dreamed of, but all good things came to an end when I went back to Florida for school and he stayed in Pennsylvania because he was in college too. Now let’s also mention that we were both athletes (well he still is, but not me. that’s another story) so we were busy people. Very busy.

The first semester of distance was easy. I mean too easy. He was able to come down a few weekends because practice wasn’t full time yet but as a runner you run all year no breaks. And plane tickets were cheap. I mean $50 round trip cheap since it was right out of covid. So at the start distance wasn’t too bad. We would FaceTime probably twice a day in-between classes or at night. Make the most of texting each other and such. Everything was good. Winter break came and we saw each other for a month which was much needed. Then comes second semester and everything takes a downhill turn. I mean he was in the middle of basketball season and I was in the middle of my track season and we both wanted to see each other but were too busy. We tried but our lives were so different and by the end of the semester just thought it was too much. But then summer came and it was all perfect again because when you’re with someone you want to be with nothing could go wrong. But distance was our monster.

So now that this is my last semester in school but in the summer, I have an internship 4 hours from home so distance will still be a thing for us but not nearly as much as before. I can not wait for distance to be over. Everyone always talks about futures and futures are scary and anything can happen but that’s also what’s so fascinating about it. Your future is your future and you can do whatever you want with it.

So how did we get through the distance. Well, honestly, we really didn’t. We kept trying to push each other away but no matter how hard we tried, we just kept coming back to each other. And we knew we had to make it work because all of this stress is worth it in the long run. Figuring out when we were going to see each other next was key so that I could always have a countdown. And really when it comes to distance, it’s all about the little things. The little random texts you send each other saying how much you miss them and can’t wait to see them. Or the random Venmo’s for a morning coffee, flowers on a special occasion or other random packages that make your person smile. Just know that distance isn’t forever and if it’s the right person it’ll be worth it. If you want to make it work, then it will work and if you don’t then it won’t. It’s in your hands and you can do whatever you want with it. So good luck and make the most of college. And remember distance is all about trust not holding each other back so you live your life no matter what.

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