Kim: If you really don't want them to "slowly drift away", talk to them every hour, every after class, at night, in the morning (even just to say good morning), at least once a day maybe? Always keep in touch and make sure you do. I guess the trick to feeling like you're never apart is to be there (even if it's virtually), and you can only really feel this if you're involved and know at least most about what's happening in their lives at the moment. This should be a mutual effort, but sometimes it's difficult to maintain because acads and life in general can get in the way, especially if you're the only one that's isolated from the others. I'll be honest and say, if you're the only one that's different from the rest, you gotta put in extra effort to stay connected to them. But if they're your real friends, chances are, they won't ever forget you even if you're on the other side of the world and this shouldn't be that difficult. They love you too much!
Anna:You gotta find ways on how to coordinate with your friends.It will definitely not feel the same as seeing each other face-to-face but chatting or texting or Skyping with them does make a difference. If your friends do not exert the same effort as you do in trying to communicate, well ,that says something about your friends.
"I just made a decision concerning my studies so it's a big deal but I know my mom doesn't feel strongly about it unlike my dad who is perfectly fine with it. Besides the fact that my mom just doesn't like it, there's really no other reason for me to not go where I want to go but I feel really bad because I feel like I'm disappointing her in some way and it's been bothering me for weeks now and I really can't just sleep on it I'm not a bad person for choosing what path to take even though my mom doesn't like it right????"
Kim: I'm a firm believer in doing what the hell you want to do if it makes you happy (as long as it's morally right!). But as a daughter, in his circumstance, you should take into consideration what your mom wants because she's really just thinking of what she thinks is best for you. If you're 200% sure that you want to go where you want to go, have a talk with her and convince her why you think it's a good choice and ask her why she thinks it's not. Listen to her side too, then make your final decision from there. Also, call me crazy but I believe in destiny. For me, if you're really destined to be going wherever you want to go, you will get there eventually. Good luck!
Anna: I have seen cases where the parent is disappointed with their child's decision. But that should not hinder you from doing what you want to do. The thing is your mom is probably disappointed because this isn't the life she envisioned you to have and honestly, that shouldn't stop you from doing what makes you happy. She should understand that. I mean, she's made some decisions back then that her parents weren't happy with as well, right? Well, if she hasn't then make her understand. You are more independent now and she shouldn't be paving your road in life. You will feel guilty, yes, but you gotta do what you gotta do.