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How to Survive a Summer Away from Friends

It’s finally the time of year that every student impatiently counts down and looks forward to: summer break! No more classes, no more homework and no more constant stress — all the benefits of school ending for the summer. But the hardest part of leaving school for the summer, is leaving your friends and campus family to head home. Suddenly, you go from seeing your closest friends every day on campus to relying on texts to talk to them during the summer, but distance shouldn’t be an obstacle in way of your summer fun! Here are some ways to make sure you and your friends survive a summer off campus:

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Plan road trips

There’s no better way to spend your summer than by travelling! If your friends live close enough, make some plans to visit each other throughout the summer; whether one of you commutes to the others or you all meet in the nearest city, make sure you set aside a weekend or two for this! There’s nothing better than seeing the people you miss in person!

Schedule weekly or daily Facetime dates

When you can’t see someone in person and the distance is too far, the next best option is Facetime! Set aside time when you and your friends are all free to chat about your day’s or week’s happenings. Staying up-to-date with your friends definitely makes them feel closer.

Keep yourself busy while apart

There may be some friends that live too far to travel to, or simply, the gaps of time between your visits feel too long, but don’t spend that time focusing on the wait — it’s still summer, after all! Spend time with family that you don’t get to see during the school year or plan a personal summer project to keep you busy when you’re not working or hanging out with friends. This will make time fly by!

Make fall plans

When all else fails, just look to the future! Fall is always right around the corner, which means reunions are not far off. Look ahead to that time and make plans for catching up and spending time with each other once you’re all back on campus!

Diana Beninati

Bryn Mawr '21

Bryn Mawr College 2021
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