First of all, being a fan of basically my whole life is the best compliment ever. I loled.
Keeping the flame alive with study abroad friends is sort of like being in a long-distance relationship: It requires effort. A lot of it. You will drift, simply because while at one point you shared entire life experiences, now you’re in two different places doing different things with your life — possibly in different time zones.
I have done an exceptionally good job keeping in touch with my Cyprus girls — I think it’s because I was on the west coast while the rest of them were on the east that I made damn sure they couldn’t forget me. I’m also lucky in that my travels took me to the east coast often, and I’d shepherd the girls to New York, DC, or Boston depending on where I’d be. I schedule obligatory reunions on the regular.
I also text, email, or Facebook Brit and Amy on a near-daily basis. I send birthday, Christmas, and just-because cards. I have a shrine paying homage to all things Cyprus and a photo collage, too (they have yet to be erected in my new bedroom, but they will!). I resurface those lame inside jokes, and resurface them often. I’d also suggest starting a Google group for easy group communication. To this day, the girls will respond “yes” to a Nicosia club event invite, post on my wall about stumbling upon KEO beer, or change their profile pics to a snapshot from that glorious spring semester of 2009. It’s those little things that help fuel the fire that is our outrageously obsessive love. And really, there isn’t any shame in sitting at home with a bottle of wine on a Friday night commenting on Facebook photos of the best months of your life with a tear in your eye.