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You Ask, We Answer Advising teenagers struggling with POST-GRADUATION BLUES

“Dear Evelyn and Eliza,

I am a senior and it has recently hit me just how close we are to the end of our high school careers. I have made so many close and meaningful relationships with people at DHS and I don’t know how I am going to be able to handle us all going our separate ways in just a few months. My whole friend group will be moving to different states. I know that we can always facetime, text, or call each other, but I feel like it won’t be the same."

Dear gloomy graduate,

It’s important that you don’t focus so heavily on splitting up. Don’t spend so much time dwelling on what it will be like without them and make the most out of the time you do. Take advantage of this summer and make the absolute most of it. Summer is the time to create even more memories together, ones that you’ll be able to look back on when you’re missing them in college. And while you’re off at college, you can still keep in touch. College doesn’t have to sever ties with these friends; you just may have to make an extra effort to text them sometimes. Most importantly, don’t think of going off to college as losing all your old friends, but rather an opportunity to make new ones.

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