Three years strong throughout high school is definitely not the same thing as long distance in college, but it doesn't have to be so hard.
Skip the inaccurate Buzzfeed quizzes and the negative articles and keep these tips in mind when dealing with long distance relationship myths:
1. "You'll become too busy for one another."
My tip is to plan ahead and set aside time for them, and time for you. As expected, it's super important to put aside one-on-one time solely for your special someone! This can be accomplished by planning a visit or just delegating time to FaceTime one another.
Yeah, college gets hectic, especially in the beginning of the year, but you will eventually fall into a routine. It is important to incorporate each other's schedules and to be respectful of stressful times (exams, papers, job interviews, etc.).
It's also totally normal to feel disconnected once in a while! Just communicate and take every day as it comes. If you get too overwhelmed or stressed, that is a reminder to take some time for yourself--just make sure you are communicating that to your S/O.
2. "Cheating is bound to happen in LDRs."
Sorry but totally false. I'm calling bull. Distance is not an excuse to cheat and it's also not a reason. This myth truly tests the emotion and devotion that you and your partner have for one another, and actually challenges your creativity and bond. If the pressure and stress of distance becomes too much for you, don't cheat before talking to your S/O.
This myth is totally false and it generalizes how LDRs work. Let's face it, sometimes being apart gives you time and space to breathe, which may actually bring you closer.
3. "Couples in LDRs argue more."
Not quite. Actually, the distance will open up new opportunities for sharing and conversation. Whether it be discussing small details of your day to shit-talking your professors, distance makes it so you are forced (in a good way) to communicate more with one another.
It's kind of the best of both worlds, because you have the space to work on yourself (kind of like a mini escape); you also are still able to share the ups and downs of your life with someone else who is constantly there to listen and give advice. Distance can definitely be turned into a positive if you just try.
4. "You're tying yourself down, college is a time for exploring new people."
We've heard this a million times - from parents to cousins and friends. There is such a stigma around college being the perfect place to date as many people as you want, whenever you want, when really there isn't a ton of time for that (if you're a full-time student, that is).
Also, who says you can't just experiment with people in the form of friendship? Tying yourself down is meant to be negative, but seriously shouldn't be taken that way. Tying yourself down will give you responsibility and the ability to bond with someone in ways you couldn't with every day ordinary college kids. Don't let this comment bother you!
Even through all the rumors, side-eyes and myths, being in a long distance relationship can truly be worth it. The best tips are to communicate and to stay open with one another, because that's really how you'll build yourself and your relationship.