Staying committed to your high school sweetheart can offer structure and support in this time of uncertainty.
“Tyler and I had been dating for a year before college and we weren’t going to just end our relationship and all the work we had put in it just because we were going to college.
I guess it was too good to let go.” What was your first semester like? “The first semester [we were] figuring out college as a whole and balancing all responsibilities and fun.
"Have a discussion before you leave for school about what your expectations are for the relationship," says Jen Kirsch, a freelance relationship columnist. If you're not going out much, you're not exposing yourself to the situations that create a rich life at college.
It's really hard to choose the awkwardness and the insecurity of not having a lot of friends at your new school over being with someone who's familiar to you." "Check in with yourself and see what your comfort level is," says Kirsch.
I just don’t like people judging when they don’t know anything about it or us.” “My parents were never really involved in my college decision; they never really cared much about it.
They’ve never met him, but I think if they did they would approve of it and support us staying together.” “My family told me to be careful but had known him for a couple years and were happy I found someone I really loved."These could be pictures of you and your college roommate, or your college campus. You can both cook and pretend it's as if you're actually having a date together.Your partner will feel part of your life when you share your day-to-day happenings." "Honesty is important because this is somebody you love and feel strongly about, and you don't want to hurt your partner," says Catherine Birndorf, a women's mental health expert who co-authored .It's not helpful to be passive aggressive and complain about how much work you have.Communicate clearly." "A great way to strengthen your bond while you're separated is to send photos of your new life," says Kirsch."If you find yourself texting or calling a lot, ask yourself why you're doing that.