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Your friends are your support system, your backbone, your sounding board when ish goes south and you need someone to bounce ideas off of, but what happens when you realize you need to make a few changes to your circle?

That “no new friends” concept works for some, but rather than close off your friend circle, consider expanding it. Chances are, at this stage in your life, the friends you have around you are who they are and there’s little you can do to change them, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t new friends to be made who can fill in some of the gaps you’re feeling when it comes to your current crew. Check out these signs it might be time to expand your friend circle.

University friends working together

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Everything Falls On You

In a friend group it’s inevitable that everyone settles into certain roles, but when all of the responsibility for everything falls on you, it may be time to reevaluate some things. Do you make all the plans or are you always expected to organize everything? If you don’t do something does it not get done? If you are the designated person that everything falls on, seeking an outside friendship where this is not your role could be the best thing.

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