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Though we may not like it, awkward conversations kind of come with the territory of having friends. After all, they’re the ones you share all your secrets with. But while these seven uncomfortable chats are inevitable between friends in college, we know exactly what you should say.
1. When someone owes you money
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So you lent your pal a few—or perhaps, way more than a few—bucks, and she hasn’t paid you back. Make this convo a lot simpler with the Square Cash app, which allows you to quickly send money between friends. And there’s no cashing out since the money deposits directly into your bank account. Plus, it’s free between friends. A fast, secure and simple way to avoid a tense situation? Count us in!
2. When you’re invited to something and they aren’t
Ooh, this one’s tough. You’re super excited that cutie from your 8 a.m. asked you to come out with him and his buddies tonight. But there was no mention of your friend tagging along. Sure, you can fly solo on occasion, but he’d probably be cool if she came since it is a group hang. Crisis averted.
3. When you accidentally hurt their feelings
You didn’t mean to, but before you even realized what was happening, your bestie got her feelings hurt. It’s best to apologize, talk it out and try to put it behind you once it’s resolved. Accidents happen; it’s up to you to make them right.
4. When you accidentally break something you borrowed
You’ve been dying to try out her new makeup palette. Being the gracious soul that she is, your BFF let you borrow it. And then disaster struck. We suggest you replace the item or pay her back. Just don’t try to PLL this ordeal by sweeping it under the rug. Haven’t the tragedies of those girls’ lives taught you anything by now?
5. When you want to do something alone without them
You don’t have to do everything with each other, right? It’s okay to want time alone. Be honest about how you’re feeling; we’re willing to bet she’s probably feeling the same way. Sometimes you just need a break to recharge your batteries. You can always pick right back up where you left off.
6. When you finally start talking after a big fight
Serious fights can destroy friendships. And face it, that first talk after is going to be really weird. But if you can work through your issues together, you’ll find it’s easier to get back to where you were. No matter the problem, you have to decide if your friendship is worth a period of strife for the sake of recovery.
7. When they say something you really disagree with
This happens more and more as you get older, especially if you and your best friend went to different colleges. Some friendships you’ll outgrow; others will only grow stronger from these conversations. Rather than ignoring it, you need to talk about your difference in opinion to see if you can move past it together.
We hate to tell you that these moments are bound to happen during college. But if you’re willing to embrace the awkwardness, your friendships will likely be stronger than ever.