It's hard to leave toxic high school friends behind, but worth it

High school friends: Out with the old, in with the new

Moving into a dorm, leaving your high school friends, adjusting to classes, being on your own for the first time – your first semester at college can be tough. Despite all the of the challenges new students face, leaving behind old friends can be the hardest.

There are a handful of people that will stick with you through your college years, but unfortunately you’ll lose touch with some of your high school buddies.

Here are some tips for moving on:

Say goodbye to toxic friends

Sometimes it takes a fresh start to realize that some of your friends from high school weren’t actually your friends. Maybe they had always been a toxic friend, or maybe the first semester away from home changed them. Either way, college is a chance for you to decide who you want to be and who you want to surround yourself with.

Put yourself out there

Go to club meetings, even if they’re for something weird or out of your comfort zone. While you’re at it, you may find a new interest like climbing or camping.

During the first week of living in your new dorm, keep your dorm open. For probably the last time in your life, you are surrounded by people who are in the same boat as you. They all want to make friends, and they’re all nervous about it.

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Take care of your friends

Taking care of yourself and academics is important, but make sure to nurture the relationships in your life. Call your mom, go visit your old friends at other schools, and make time to get dinner with your new friends once in a while. College is difficult and can get lonely, so be sure to surround yourself with a great support group.

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