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Think Twice Before “Cutting Off” Your Campus Mates

  • May 24, 2024
  • 3 min read
Think Twice Before “Cutting Off” Your Campus Mates

For those blessed with the opportunity to join institutions of higher learning, you will agree that campus experience is an interesting phrase to live through. It’s more like an upgrade of high school, since in both, you get to meet new personalities and create long-lasting bonds. But unlike in high school, campus friendships could determine the direction of your life, since they influence your life choices and goals even long after you’re done with campus. It’s not uncommon to learn about campus friends who created something that helped them while still in and after campus. For example, Facebook was founded by a group of college friends which later grew to become the largest and most profitable social media network in the world. Such is the potential of college friendships.

Of course, not all campus friendships end up creating a billion-dollar company. If anything, maintaining some of these friendships can be a challenge, given that being in campus is not only about attending lectures. There are assignments, expenses, peer influence, and keeping your sanity together to constantly handle. Not forgetting that campus entails dealing with different character traits that conflict with your own, entertaining uncouth habits, and putting up with mindsets that violate your own. Considering all these, it is understandable to end friendships with course mates or roommates at the slightest opportunity. While this might be a smart thing to do, it may, to some degree, cost you in the long run.

The point is campus is a place where people are still trying to figure out their true selves; while having a taste of what life is away from the familiarity of home for the first time. Figuring out how to balance that may bring out the worst in them during that phrase. Therefore, if you wish to end your relations with your campus mates, do so in a way that you wouldn’t destroy your chances of ever linking back to them in future. Friends are assets. It’s a human evolutionary desire to have individuals with access to resources which in turn guarantees our survival. We may not possess the gift of foreseeing the future of our campus mates 5 or 10 years from now, but one thing is for certain; the dice never stops rolling. Your saving grace a decade from now might be that loudmouth who doesn’t seem to understand why he’s in campus in the first place. The sooner you accept this reality check, the better.

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