Many advise against keeping your high school sweetheart when you head to college, warning that doing so could hold you back from new experiences and from enjoying emerging relationships with new people.
But is it possible to defeat the odds? According to Emerson College sophomore Natalie Hamil, the answer is yes.
Hamil recently wrote about how she has successfully kept her high school relationship going strong. On HuffPost Live Wednesday, Hamil talked about how she set out to prove that relationships don't have to deteriorate within those first months of college.
Hamil said that by working around their college schedules and work commitments, she and her high school boyfriend have managed to stay together one year into college.
"We're still making it work and we plan to keep making it work for the future," she said. "I don't believe that you have to break up. That's not the only way."