4 Ways To Keep In Touch With Friends From Home

The craziness and excitement of your new life in college can make it difficult to find time to keep in touch with your friends back home. Obviously you will remain closer to some friends and drift from others, but it is nice to be able to catch up with old friends regardless. Like the Girl Scout song says, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.”

Here are some easy ways to keep good ties with your friends from home.

Group Messaging

The capability to message all of your friends at once—via text, FaceBook, email, what have you—makes it beyond convenient for your high school clique to stay up to date on each other’s lives.

This could potentially be ongoing throughout the entire year. You can update them on big changes or funny events without having to repeat yourself on the phone ten different times.

This is also a great way to tell all your friends that you are thinking of them despite your lack of time to catch up with each of them individually. Just a simple ‘miss you’ text or photo of something that reminds you of them would mean a lot and assure them that you care!

FaceBook Video Chat

The advent of FaceBook video chat has made video chatting in general leaps and bounds easier. It is nice to video chat with people who don’t live near you because you can see each other face to face.

However, other means to do this such as instant message video chat and Skype were always so hard to coordinate. Both of you would have to be free and logged in with Internet connection for it to work. I remember it always being a huge debacle to Skype with a friend.

FaceBook video chat is convenient because if you see any of your friends online you already know they are free so you can just shoot them a request to video chat. As long as you’re logged into FaceBook it is quick, easy and good quality.

Don’t Take It Personally 

One thing you have to realize is that all of your high school friends are equally as engulfed in their new college experiences as you are in yours. It is a weird transition to go from talking every day in the summer to talking only every once in a while in college.

If your best friend doesn’t call you that often or forgets to wish you luck on the midterm you told them you had coming up, give them the benefit of the doubt and don’t take it too personally. I’ve noticed this to be more of a common issue among groups of girlfriends.

Chances are if you put effort into keeping in touch with them, they will reciprocate an equal amount. Although it can be frustrating for you to always initiate catching up, it is worth it in the end. 

Plan Reunions

It is a great feeling to come home for Thanksgiving or Winter Vacation and get together with all your high school friends. You will realize that despite all of the recent changes in everyone’s lives, when you all hang out again it will feel just like old times.

It is comforting to know that they are most likely going through a lot of the same things you are going through and you can compare notes and share stories. It is especially awesome and different because you don’t know each other’s new friends.

When you go home for breaks make sure to at least plan one event where your whole group can get together to enjoy these perks and each other’s company. Be thankful to reunite with your friends from home, and even more thankful to return to school and develop lifelong friendships there as well.

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Natalie Alexander

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Natalie Alexander is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. In her free time she enjoys traveling, dancing, exploring, swimming, laughing, shopping, napping, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
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