Dear Toni After graduation my close friends are all going to France on a ski trip. I really want to go, but my family can't afford to send me. What can I do? I really don't want to miss out on this last bonding experience! Skint Dear Stuck-Here Going to France for a ski trip sounds like fun, but it's by no means the only way for you to share one 'final' bonding experience with your friends. Why don't you organise a special day, or even a weekend, here in Hong Kong with everyone? One idea is to make it a 'trip down memory lane', and go to all the places that trace back to the very beginnings of your friendship. You could take loads of photos and make a really great album which everyone could write messages in, and maybe make a video that you can watch once you've all gone your separate ways. Going skiing in France is something you will be able to do when you're older - it's a popular winter holiday, and your friends will still want to do it when you're all settled down with families. But a special event like this gives you a chance to go back in time, to reminisce over the good times you've had together and have a blast all over again! This sort of gathering will be far more memorable and really mark the point of graduation. Another idea is to organise a camping trip. There are lots of cool places to hike and stay overnight in Hong Kong, and the entire process, from planning where to go and what to bring, until you actually arrive and set up camp, will be a great bonding experience, reminding you why you're friends in the first place. Although you're closing a chapter of your life, and while you may be on different tracks, remember true friendships do carry on. They are not determined or limited by any physical distance between you and your friends. I know right now it may be difficult to see beyond that final exam and realise the rest of your life is just beginning, but the truth is things won't change quite so drastically - unless you want them to. So don't worry - everything will turn out ok!