Marian: In our group of friends, I'm the only one studying away from everyone else. I only get to go home during the weekends and I only get to see my best friends every once in awhile since my weekends are usually spent at home or with other family members. I was definitely not expecting this kind of situation to happen and I got so scared at first because I thought that this will definitely cause me a lot of problems; but surprisingly, a semester has passed with this kind of set up and although it was a little hassle at first, my choice of school did not cause any drifting apart to happen. I just made sure that I was in constant contact with them (thank you social media) and that we still had weekends where we all got to hang out and talk about anything and everything. If your friendship is as strong as you think it is, no matter how far apart you are from each other physically, you will be able to find the time to spend together. If you guys really want to go to the same university though, there is always the option of appealing to the university; try looking into that. :)
Reign: Best friends can still remain best friends even if there's a lot of distance between them. Almost three years ago, my best friend moved to the States to live there and we're still very close. We keep in contact and update each other about our lives. We talk almost everyday. I guess constant communication should still be present in your friendship, but that doesn't mean you have to keep talking to her 24/7. You guys will have different schedules and so sometimes you have to give each other some space. Also try to visit your best friend once in a while, and if you do decide to go to the US, you can save up some money in the future to go back home like every two years if possible. This might sound super cheesy but if you know in your heart that she is your one and only best friend [and your platonic soulmate], you wouldn't worry about the distance!
"I've always known that I want to study away from our hometown since I was like in grade school and my parents don't really say anything about it every time I bring up fantasies of going on adventures with new friends and experiencing and learning the whole college life away from home. I'm going to be a senior next school year which means I will have to seriously start looking through all of my options but now it seems like my parents aren't really big on the whole going-away-for-college plan that I had. I still want to push through with the plan though :( what do I do now?"
Marian: I personally believe that college is the time for you to really go out there and experience what the world has in store for you. You choose a course, a college, or a place where you think/know you can grow and where you can really bring out your full potential. Although you can actually do that wherever you may be, it will greatly help if you really like where you are and your surroundings. If you think studying away from the comforts of your hometown is more beneficial for you and your growth as a person, try convincing your parents by showing them how much you really want to go wherever you want to go. Show them how you you plan to get in and how you think this place can help you and the people around you and make sure that you actually believe what you're saying and you're not just bullshitting it. While you're convincing them though, try to figure out why your parents are now reluctant about your idea and find a middle ground. But at the end of the day, just remember that you're the one who will study and live wherever that may be so you will have to live with whatever your decision is - make sure to stand by it.
Reign: Try to still apply to universities out of your hometown [and even out of the country]. I guess if you really think that you'd have a better college life if you study away from home, then you should tell your parents just that. If their worry is that it might be too expensive, you could apply for a scholarship or student loan. I think you should do whatever you think will be best for you. If you don't get to study outside of your hometown, don't be bummed. It's not really about where you study. It's about you. College is just a three to four year thing, you're young and you have plenty of time to explore the world after that (or even between college years).