Friendships are an incredibly valuable part of your college or university experience. But building strong, lasting friendships takes work. 

Be open

Do not jump to judgement until you have heard everything. A kneejerk reaction, can reduce the chance of your friend opening up in the future.

Honesty is the best policy

Be respectful and honest with your friends. Tell them what to expect out of the friendship and hear what they expect as well. If someone has hurt you, explain why you’re hurt and how your friend can recover your trust.

Watch your tone of voice

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Keep your voice level and ensure your tone remains calm, especially if you’re upset with a friend.

Practice kindness

Your friends will love unexpected, random acts of kindness. These aren’t lavish, extravagant gifts – it’s the little, thoughtful, funny surprises that mean the most to your friends.

Learn to let go

Some friendships are more fleeting than others. While the end of a friendship can be incredibly painful, sometimes you have to let people go. You can still treasure the memories you have and should try to release any ill feeling or resentment you harbour.