Whenever I start writing a college-related article, I wonder whether I’ve potentially written too many of them. After all, I can’t really consider myself a “recent grad” anymore, considering that it’s been almost 3 years since I graduated. (Not entirely sure how that happened, by the way.)
However, as soon as the overanalyzing gets the best of me, I make sure to remind myself that it could always be worse – I could still be hanging out with my same group of friends from high school. (You know who you are.)
Needless to say, I made some amazing friends in college. I also formed friendships that were solely based on texts that consisted of “who’s getting the keg tonight?”, and we proceeded to never speak again after graduation.
But this article isn’t for the alcohol-fueled friendships – this is for the crazy girls that I lived with in the infamous “Yellow House”, who I am proud to still consider my best friends. Since we can’t simply walk down our hallway anymore when we want to chat, it’s critical for us to stay in touch and schedule reunions here and there.
On those fun-filled weekends where we do manage to get together, there are several occurrences that are bound to happen. Here are just a few of them:
1. The reminiscing is endless – and one funny story will always lead to a better one.
If anyone who wasn’t in your college squad happens to be present, they’ll probably get their shit and leave – because if they hear the mentioning of “lesbian brawl” one more time with absolutely no context, they just might lose it.
Even if you have an active group chat in which throwback photos are frequently shared, nothing beats reflecting on the good old days face-to- face. Crying of laughter and spitting out drinks will inevitably ensue.
2. You will try your best to party as hard as you did back then – and fail miserably.
You may have raged until 3 am in college, but now you’re getting denied entry to the bar at 11 pm because you can barely stand up.
Mild buzzkill, but hey – it’s probably for the best. Plus, your friends are probably secretly happy about going home early because they actually value their sleep now – as opposed to nearly OD’ing on redbull and Adderall throughout college.
3. It will feel like you’re back in your college town again – and you’ll forget that certain things aren’t actually socially acceptable anymore.
Rocking PJs to brunch isn’t exactly off the table. Plus, there’s a good chance that you are all being absurdly inappropriate and loud – and the family next to you is getting visibly irritated and covering their children’s ears in horror.
The hangover is also different this time – it’s a taste of the past. You start to convince yourself that you were drinking jungle juice at a frat party last night, because there’s no other explanation for this pain. You and your friends are reflecting on the night’s memorable moments just like you used to – and probably coming to the conclusion that you “browned out” because you don’t remember some of them. This is also the first time you’ve used the term “browned out” since sophomore year.
4. After it’s all said and done, you already can’t wait to plan the next get-together.
The best kind of friends are the ones that you can go without seeing for a while, and everything is just the way you left it when you do. There aren’t any awkward silences or moments of boredom, because every second you spend with each other is worthwhile.
Even though your post-grad decisions may have taken you in separate directions, you’ll never regret making time for each other – because when you do, you’re reminded of just how worth it is.