Your Future Squad: How To Choose The Right Lifelong College Friends

The keys to creating lasting and impactful friendships in college.

Kia Imani Aug, 29, 2017

Content in partnership with The Life Currency

College is amazing because you just never know how those around you will impact your life. If you leave college with nothing else, leaving with lifelong friends is one of the best things ever. In four years, you’ll foster unique relationships with people from all around the world. Some will last. Some won’t. But those that stick with you through college and beyond will prove that college was an invaluable experience.

Below we’ve laid out a few tips that will help you navigate the amazing lifelong friendships that college has to offer.

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One friend won’t satisfy all of your needs. Each friend has a different role in your life and once you learn what each person has to offer, you’ll better understand how they impact your life. Choose friends that are contributing to your success and your individual development.

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What are you contributing to your friendships? What’s your role? It’s amazing when your friends are pouring into you but it’s equally important that you’re pouring into them as well. Friendships are a two way street and require great effort on both ends. Make sure that as a friend, you’re contributing to the success and development of those in your circle.

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Balance is important. While we love friends that can party with us and have a great time, we also need friends that know when it’s time to work. Find friends that know that there’s a time and place for everything. More often than not, these are the same friends that will remind you when it’s time to get down to business and we always need that one friend.

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Don’t get too caught up in your comfort zone that you don’t cast your net far and wide when it comes to developing relationships. It’s easy to foster relationships with those who are most like us, but you’ll be amazed at the relationships you’ll foster with those who may be completely different from you.

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Friendships require effort! College can provide many distractions but make sure you’re able to sift through the distraction and actively do your part to maintain and develop friendships. Even after college is over, put in the effort to make sure the friendships last. In the beginning it’ll be phone calls, birthday celebrations and road trips. As the years go by, it’ll be engagement parties, baby showers and weddings. And it’ll be better having your college friends with your through this journey we call life.