College and the Friend Trend

After being home for three weeks, I was sitting with one of the few friends I have left here at the Cheesecake Factory.  We were talking about an interesting, tiny phenomenon, which I like to call the “Friend Trend.”

Now, as many of you know, I am in a sorority.  This means my Facebook is flooded with friends on all levels of college undergraduates.  After about a year of paying attention to detail, I’ve noticed a vast difference in freshman vs. upper classmen like myself: their friends back home.

Many freshmen, who go home for breaks have pictures of themselves and high school friends. While at school, they post about missing home. As for juniors and seniors, their posts consist of pictures with family and missing their college friends.

I myself have experienced the downward Friend Trend at home. Over the past two years, the amount of close friends I see when back home has gone from 7 to 3. Meanwhile, my amount of close college friends has gone up from 2 to 5 since freshman year.

I guess the real point that I’m trying to make is 1. this is kind of sad, and 2. I wonder why this happens? Why can’t best friends stick together through a distance? Does college really change people that much?

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