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College Or High School: Who Are Your 'Forever' Friends?

Which squad has stood the test of time?
by Ash Mahinay | Aug 23, 2018
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Some say college is the best time of your life, others would rewind it a bit more and say high school days are what you'll remember forever. Either way, those memories of girls, getting drunk, video games, basketball, joyrides, borderline illegal misadventures, first times, heartbreak, and other moments were things you didn't do solo. Unless you were a total loner, it's the friends you did all that stuff with that made it such a great time. But which friends have you stayed in touch with now that we're all older and have limited time and energy to catch up and maintain relationships? 

High school for life!

Some people find that the friends they made in high school are the ones they keep for life, especially when a bunch of you end up going to the same schools as freshmen too. College friends are cool, but after the diplomas got handed out and everybody went their separate ways, it's the high school gang that you've kept close. Maybe going through the angst of a shared adolescence forms a special bond. Maybe it's the nostalgia of the youth that you all shared before "growing up" and going to college.

College forever!

On the other hand, there are those who find their ride-or-die friends in college—where it's easier to connect with people who have the same interests as you—rather than the small world that high school can be. These guys enjoyed high school but aren't going to be showing up at the batch reunion any time soon. The greater freedom (and responsibility) you experienced together in your undergrad days has bonded you for life.

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This isn't a strict them or us scenario because some people manage to stay equally tight with college and high school friends—some even move on from both and find a totally new social circle in the workplace. But more often than not, you've got a set squad that you reach out to when you're feeling down and need some bros to talk to, when planning trips, creating guestlists for milestone events, or even just deciding who to hit up on messenger for some gaguhan. When did you meet them though? High school or college?

It's easy to narrow down your friends to a majority from either period because you can probably count the people you regularly hang out with on your fingers. And that's normal. Our social circles contract as time passes, here's a quick article on it, but this means investing in those people that are keepers becomes truly important. It's easy to take people for granted when you've been close to each other for a decade or longer, but even tight bonds like those need maintenance. Don't keep ditching invites just because you're tired or feeling lazy at the last minute. Don't be that guy who is always unavailable kasi kinain na ng girlfriend (explain this to her nicely though). Initiate the hohol if no one else has done so in a while. If you feel like you haven't seen someone in too long, make an effort to catch up before you drift away so much it becomes awkward to even start a Facebook chat. At the end of the day, it's not important when you made your lifelong buddies, but that you keep them close for life indeed.

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