keeping in touch with old friends
Posted : August 2, 2006
Last Updated : April 16, 2015
After graduation, be it from high school or college, you begin the next journey in your life. For some, this journey may be a continuation of school; for others, it may mean diving into the workforce, etc. Wherever your journey takes you after graduation, it is very likely that you will lose touch with many of the friends you have made along the way. If you want to keep in touch with those friends, keep the following in mind.
Use social networking websites. Social networking sites have made it easier than ever to stay in contact with those you love even when they are thousands of miles away. There are numerous social networking sites from which to choose, such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. If you just want to keep up with one social networking site, stick with the one where the majority of your friends have accounts. To actually "keep in touch" using these social networking sites, you have to be interactive. Don't just scroll through your newsfeed to read/view the posts. Like and comment on your friends' pictures. Like and comment on your friends' posts. Participate in Facebook chats. Reply to those tweets that your friends post about their dinner. Don't forget to share what's going on in your life as well. (Just remember to keep these social networking etiquette and safety tips in mind.)
Video chat. Various video chat platforms are available to help you keep in touch with your friends. Get some FaceTime with your bestie, or if you want to chat with a group of friends, check out Skype or Google Hangout. Hanging out virtually with your friends is the next best thing to being together in person.
Send e-mails. Try to e-mail your friends at least once a month to let them know what has been going on in your life. If you have a group of friends, you can send an e-mail to all of them at once, but it's probably better for the friendship if you personalize an e-mail for each friend (you are more likely to get a response if the e-mail is personalized). Attach pictures to give your friends a visual of important events in your life.
Pick up the phone. Your friends are only a phone call or a text away. If you see something that reminds you of a certain friend, if you have big news that you want to share, or if you're just thinking about one of your friends, pick up the phone and call or text him. It's always nice to hear the voice of a friend on the other end of the line.
Don't forget birthdays. Sending birthday cards to your old friends is a good way to keep in touch, and it lets them know that you are thinking of them. While sending an e-card is sufficient, sending a card through snail mail seems a little more heart-felt.
Plan annual reunions. Having annual get-togethers will allow you and your friends to catch up and spend quality time together. If you live relatively close to your old friends, you may be able to have get-togethers more often than just once a year. The little reunions can range from a weekend trip to a casual lunch. If you have a group of friends, rotate who will be in charge of planning the get-together each year, so it's not left up to just one person.
It takes effort to keep friendships strong, especially when you don't see your friends every day like you did in school. If you have friends that mean a lot to you, make sure you put forth the effort to stay in touch. You'll probably regret it a few years down the road if you don't.