I think a major aspect of having a lasting relationship is having your own life, your own priorities, and your relationship not becoming your main focus.
I think that has allowed us to maintain a healthy relationship.
We even made it through a whole year of long distance the following year when I lived in Paris. But I knew it wouldn't or shouldn't last past graduation because every time I thought about us having a future like that together, I felt lonely and trapped.
That was obviously a — Madison, 25*If there's one common message among each of these stories, it's that you should be independent, even if you're in a relationship.
That moment where you see that person as more than just your significant other, as your pal — a uniquely other kind of friendship that isn't like the ones you have with your closest girlfriends — that is the moment that you just know this is going to last.
Cliques are less common in college than they are in high school.
In college, you'd likely be just as impressed if the person you've been "talking to" for weeks actually asks you out to dinner.
Maybe you'd rather have casual hookups than be in a relationship, or you want to stay single until you meet someone you really like.
Maybe you first met in college, or maybe you're that couple that's been dating since high school.
No matter how strong your relationship, people have probably told you that you and your boyfriend or girlfriend are going to break up after college.