More likely, one or both students will find the allure of new adventures in college too hard to pass up.

"If the fumes of high school life aren't strong enough to keep you staying with your high school sweetheart, then it's really easy to get distracted by all of the hot and sexy people in college, and the new experiences that are now available to you that weren't available to you when you were living under your parents' roof," said Steinberg.

It was really good for us to have our own separate lives for a few years." As with any relationship, it wasn't all wine and roses ("we made some mistakes," said Stephanie), but they made sure to talk it out.

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We had our own paths, but they were parallel, and in the end they merged.

"Try to make sure that you fulfill your desires, your goals, what you want to do in life, but remain friends.

"We were only about 100 miles apart, so we were able to see each other on weekends and over the summers, but what happened was because there was so much against us in the beginning, we did try to date other people, and split up," Gee said.

"Our parents insisted that we make sure that we looked at other people, to make sure this relationship would be a strong one.

Take It Offline Don’t get stuck in a lengthy back-and-forth messaging marathon with a potential online date, cautions Jessica Massa, author of .

Aim to meet in person as soon as possible to determine if there’s chemistry, recommends the author.

And if it is really meant to be, you'll come together.

If you do break up and meet someone else, then probably it wasn't strong enough.

For them, "respect, trust and communication" are the keys that kept them together through separate schools and beyond.