How to Deal With Losing Friends in College

By Denise Gibson on August 10, 2017

Yay! You’re in college and if you’re a freshman, you are ready to embark on your journey to complete freedom from your parents. You are ready to embrace your new life as a college student. You are ready to party, stay up late, sleep in, and make new friends. Yes, you heard me!

When you go to college, often times, if you are lucky, you bring your old friends with you and you may make some new friends along the way, but for others, it is not that simple. For others, it is all about fitting into a brand new environment with brand new people.

Now, fast forward to your senior year. You have managed to meet a few people from the last three years of college and if you are like me, you probably lost a few of them along the way. Why, you ask? Well, some people just serve a purpose as an acquaintance. They are just people you know, but you are not close to them.

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Others may have just been your friend for a season. Maybe you met them on a cruise and you really clicked, but then after the cruise, you two became distant, as if you didn’t know each other at all. Whatever the circumstance, the point is it is going to happen and you are going to have to find a way to deal with it.

Here are three ways that will teach you how to deal with the loss of friends from college.

1. Stay social

Just because you lost one or two friends does not mean it is the end of the world. Join a school club or go to that party you have been dying to go to for the past week. No matter what you do, don’t just sit there and sulk.

2. Solitude

I know that may sound weird to those who are extroverts but trust me on this. You are your own best friend. No one knows you better than, well, you. Think about why your friendships didn’t work out and enjoy that time by yourself to reflect and improve. Maybe one of the factors was that you loved art, but your friends didn’t. That’s okay. Use that time to work on that portrait you have been thinking about for weeks or join that pottery class you have been waiting to take. Don’t let losing friends get in the way of what you enjoy.

3. Meditate/Pray/Self-love/Affirmation

I put all of these in the same group because everybody deals with stress, anxiety, and pain differently. So whichever you choose, make sure you do it every day. And don’t stay silent. The most effective way to better yourself and deal with the pain is to speak it out of existence and speak the positivity into existence.

No matter what time of day, make sure that you meditate, pray, and speak self-love, or affirmation. You’ll find that the pain will slowly melt away and your mind will be more at peace.

Hello, My name is Denise and I love writing. I have loved writing ever since I was in 5th grade and just fell more in love with it as I got older. I started off writing songs and short stories, which then lead to poetry and novel writing. Now I am a playwright in progress and hopefully I can add more to the list as I learn more from this website.

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