The survey asked about three different categories of romantic relationships and found: Some 64% of teens indicate that they have never been in a romantic relationship of any kind (and 1% declined to provide their relationship status).

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

Today, they’re happily married, living in California, and their daughters are 6, 4 and 2.

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.

“You have no curfew, no one to answer to, and you can really explore who you want to be, and that’s what a lot of people do in college.” All that exploring can lead to the “turkey drop,” a phenomenon that, while unconfirmed by science, follows the conventional wisdom that high-school-to-college relationships are most likely to dissolve around Thanksgiving of the first year. “The first semester is often very very stressful for students, and then by the time you roll in the holidays, that’s kind of the breaking point, because there’s also finals that they’re getting prepared for,” said Amy Lenhart, a college counselor and president of the American College Counseling Association.

“And so, especially if they haven’t been good at communicating with that partner, it’s going to be even more difficult to stay together.” (Don’t breathe a sigh of relief, though, if you make it through Thanksgiving with your relationship intact — surveys have found that Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day can spell doom for couples, too).

“We didn’t do everything together,” said Stephanie.

“We let each other have his or her own independence.

The bottom line is, incoming freshmen hoping to stay tied to their high school mate should keep talking.

“Continue the friendship part of it,” said Gee, who believes that dating other people in college, while scary, strengthened their relationship. I never ever had to feel that I had to follow in his footsteps.

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