Whether you’re going to a school nearby or you moved away for college, you’re going to run into the problem of balancing your friends. On the one hand, you have your friends you grew up with from elementary to middle school to college. On the other, you have your college friends who experienced you coming into your adult life. But, how do you expect to balance the two?
The good thing? It’s not as difficult as you’re imagining it to be. Trust I always thought to myself, “How am I going to have them all get along?” “Will it be awkward?” “What if everyone separates into different groups?” If you’re an over-thinker like me, I can positively tell you to relax. Yes, some inside jokes will be said where one side will not understand a single word of it. Yes, you’re going to have to physically push people to talk to one another. But, it’s not the end of the world. Just remember that both groups helped you become the person you are today.
That brings me to another point: do not ditch your friends who supported you from day one. Just because you’ve made friends in college doesn’t give you any right to leave anyone left on unread. Give as much time to your friend back home that you are giving to one in college. Some of your older friends might just want to hear from you sans your BFF roommate. It’s a good balance to have old and new in your life.
Truth be told, we’re all going to run into this situation. You’re either the one introducing two groups of friends to one another OR you’re being introduced to your college friend’s childhood friends. It’s always good to add more people into your circle. And, if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted to, at least you know you tried.
99.9% of the time, friends want to make friends with other people! Not an accurate percentage so don’t quote me on this. But when you feel it’s the right time to bring your two worlds together, don’t stress. Things will fall naturally into place.
What are your tips for bringing your two groups of friends together? Let us know in the comments!