In the midst of all the excitement of university life, including new experiences, new friends, a new way of living, and lots of new information – it can be challenging to maintain the level of friendship you’re used to. Try the following ideas to keep your friendships alive while you’re away:
Start a group chat
If you don’t already have a group chat with your best friends back home, start one! Group chats are a great informal place to share your news, and they don’t require a lot of effort – you can start a conversation whenever you feel like doing so, or just read others’ news and send quick messages of love and encouragement if you’re not in the mood for deep socialisation.
Send each other packages
Keep in touch by sending each other little gifts, especially if you’re now living in an area with different snacks than those in your hometown. Even if you don’t speak regularly, you’ll be sure to brighten a friend’s day when they receive a special package.
You might also like to go old-school and send each other postcards or handwritten letters. Snail mail might not be the fastest way to keep in touch, but can feel much more meaningful than an e-mail or Facebook message!
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Remember birthdays and other important events
Get organised and make a note of your friends’ birthdays, as well as other important dates such as graduations, first days of work, or exams. Your friends will appreciate you wishing them good luck for an interview or a happy birthday on their special day, and they’ll feel close to you even though you’re far away.
You likely have plenty of inside jokes and fun memories with your old friends, so why not reminisce about them? Shared experiences are crucial to friendship, and your friends will love talking about fun things you did together in the past – it’ll help you all feel more connected to one another.
Plan a friends group trip
One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re staying in touch is to have future events to discuss and plan for. If you’re in a financial position to be able to do so, why not plan a trip with your group of friends over one of your college breaks? You’ll have something to look forward to, and the thought of a well-earned vacation will keep you motivated to power through those all-nighters and twelve-hour study sessions.
Make a surprise visit
If you can manage it, why not surprise a friend or a group of friends with a weekend visit? It’ll depend on how far apart you live, of course, but if you’re able to make the trip, you’ll be able to create all sorts of fun new memories, and your friends will talk about it for years to come.
Thanks to technology and ultra-fast broadband internet, it’s now easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends even if they are miles away. If you’re heading to college, rest assured that you’ll easily be able to send your friends a message whenever you feel like it.
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While you’re at college, you should always make the most of your experience – it’s important to keep in touch with people from your hometown, but try to maintain a healthy balance between your old and new lives. You don’t want to spend every evening missing everyone back home instead of making an effort to get to know new people, but you also don’t want to go home and realize you’ve lost touch with everyone you were once close with, either. Enjoy and appreciate all of your friendships, old and new!
Loyal friends, deep late-night conversations, hilarious teachers, and fun parties are just some of Johanna’s best memories from tertiary student life. University is also where she pursued her passion for literature and writing. To know more about Johanna, visit her Tumblr page.