It’s not uncommon for young politicos and activists to make friends online, or at conferences, and then have to work to sustain those friendships when they go home to houses spread across the country. I know a great group of three girls who met through this very website and have maintained a strong, vibrant friendship even though they live in three different states. I’m writing this after getting back from an amazing visit to see my best friend of fifteen years, and we’ve not lived in the same state for the past six years. That got me thinking, how have I fostered these long distance friendships? How have others made it work? Here’s a bit of advice if you’re new to the “long distance friendship” world or just want to strengthen the bonds you already have.
Don’t underestimate a text
I hate hearing “why do you have to text him all day” from people who don’t understand how much I enjoy hearing about the absolute mundane tidbits of my best friend’s life. It’s not like college or high school where you spent all your time together. These texts and phone calls are what keep you feeling like you are aware of what each other are going through. Don’t forget to tell them about stubbing your toe, meeting a cute boy, and texting them what you had for dinner because it can make the friendship stronger by being more honest and authentic.