Dating since high school

Instead of focusing on everything that could go wrong (or right) with Bill, go out of your way to make sure that your life is packed with other stuff. Every time you find yourself mapping out the distance between your school and the one five hours away, spend time on a hobby. If you want to preserve your relationship, stop asking questions.

Every time you feel the need to call Bill and ask him whether he thinks you’ll get married, call a friend instead. MEREDITH You are 20, have been with Bill for 2.5 years, and before that, were in another relationship for 4 years? I guess I’m not surprised you are feeling insecure, actually. I’m just wondering when you have taken time to figure yourself out without the external pressures of who a boyfriend wants you to be.

As you know, I didn’t have even a slight high school romance, but I was able to deduce a few things that make it work after graduation, through college, and in to the rest of your life – tbh, most of it is being honest and communication, just like any other relationship situation. If you’re committed to having your relationship last, I’m all for it.

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Really — you have to be really, really good friends. But having someone fully locked into your life and means that you can always drag them out of bed for an adventure or even just a shopping trip.

Students carrying over high school relationships into college may be bucking the odds, but it hasn't stopped them from trying.

Nick wanted to get serious right away, but I was so afraid of becoming a cliche that I enforced a strict, “We’re just friends” rule until the day after graduation, when I finally kissed him and said, “OK, let’s do this.” I believed this technicality (we were a whopping 24 hours past the high school sweetheart deadline! Even though we were teenagers when we met, being labeled “high school sweethearts” feels dismissive of the complex, mature connection we have, and all the ways we’ve grown and changed as individuals and as a couple. Your “song” is probably going to be kind if cringe-worthy.

My friends who got together later in life get to enjoy having fallen in love to Radiohead or Bon Iver.

It possible for relationships to last past high school, into college, and maybe even after college…

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