My boyfriend, who I have been dating for about a year, and I have had a long-distance relationship for the duration of being together. I first met him in 2010, I was ten years old and he was nine years old. He was my next-door neighbor for six years before he moved to Stafford, Virginia, which is 3 ½ hours from Virginia Beach, where I live. Throughout those six years of him being my neighbor, he was also my best friend. We hung out every day and both of our families were best friends as well. We went on vacations together every summer, hung out all the time, had cookouts and Christmas and Thanksgiving together. He had always had a crush on me, but I continued to blow him off while I had other relationships throughout this time. This time last year, I had just gotten out of a relationship and prom was around the corner. The school that he was attending when he moved had a junior/senior prom and my high school had just a senior prom. Him and his family were staying at my house for the weekend and he decided to ask me to be his date at his prom, of course I said yes. I later asked him to go to my prom with me. While we were at his prom, we were dancing together, and it was the most fun I’d had in a long time. Since then, we’ve been inseparable. He went to prom with me at my school and he went to my graduation as well and stayed with me for a week after graduation during the summer and asked me to be his girlfriend at the beach (my favorite place). He was nervous about me coming to college while he was a senior in high school, but I assured him that there was nothing to worry about and everything was fine. During my first year of college and the first year of our relationship, I have learned about the importance of communication. Not being able to see someone as much as you want is such a burden, but we make it work. Communication is key, if you don’t have communication and trust, you have nothing. He comes to visit me as often as possible and I stay the weekend at his house as often as possible, but it is sometimes many weeks without seeing each other since he is a full-time student and lacrosse athlete. Having him as support as well as my best friend is something that not everyone can find, and I am so grateful for it. I can definitely say that it’s hard and it’s not ideal, but it’ll be worth it in the end.