[Maintain Your Long-distance Friendships]
By: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Some studies may suggest that long-distance relationships with your girlfriend or boyfriend almost always result in breakups. That might be the case, but what about our old friends or high school buddies we rarely see after joining university? If you’ve moved away from home, or live on campus, then there are chances you miss your old friends you used to see daily. But what can one do to keep in touch and maintain a strong friendship even from a distance?
As an international student, I face this problem constantly, but due to the existing inventions in technology, it has never been easier to contact people far away. The key is to not lose touch for long periods of time so as to not be able to relate to the other person, and vice versa. Instant messaging, email or video chatting is usually preferable to social media, since it’s more personal and direct. I try to be involved with my friends’ lives in some way or the other, and be there for them during their good and bad times. It is quite difficult to juggle both past and present lives together, but the memories and fondness for each other always remind us of how fruitful it is to keep in touch. After all, old friends are an integral part of who you are as a person right now. I also like to send hand-written cards or postcards on special occasions, and find it so exciting when I receive one myself.
So don’t wait too long to hit up an old friend you haven’t spoken to for a while and relive the good times you had growing up.
文: Riddhi SUKHIA (賽馬會群智堂)
譯: 李亞男 (胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)