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Collegiettes Phone Home: The Importance of Keeping In Touch With Loved Ones

Sometimes calling home can be a nuisance, or you just forget. Calling family is important while at college to maintain those relationships. Yes, family is always there, but it’s also important to make sure they know you are there for them too.

“But I’m so busy!” you say. “When do I even have time to call my family members?” You just need to make time, or utilize the time that you didn’t realize you had.

When you walk to and from class, make a quick call. Use headphones with a speaker in them so you don’t have to hold your phone to your ear because a) it hurts your arm eventually and your hand will be cold and b) it’s not good for your body to hold a phone up to your head due to the radio frequency energy. I promise you won’t look crazy walking through campus talking to yourself; people notice the speaker on the headphones and so many students do it, that it’s no longer questionable. Which means that if you do want to walk around and talk to yourself, that’s socially acceptable too.


Early for class, a meeting, or to meet a friend? Make a quick call to pass the time. Even if it’s fast, it can be meaningful to know that you were thinking about the person and you can coordinate a time to talk later.

We all know we procrastinate. Use procrastination time as a way to make a call. “Okay, I’ll call so-and-so and then start this paper.” Perfect!

If you’re lying in bed and can’t fall asleep, call a parent, sibling, or relative who is calm and you can talk to as you’re falling asleep and who will understand if you fall asleep on them. They will be honored that they are the last person you want to talk to in a day.


When you only have time to make one or two calls a day, rotate between people to make sure you touch base with everyone who is important to you about once a week. If you and another person continue to play phone tag, find a time that works for both of you and stick to it.

Or, just take the time out of your day to call! You make time to check up on your friends on social media, so it’s a similar task to set aside fifteen minutes for. It doesn’t have to be long, but enough to update each other on important things going on in your lives or to have a meaningful conversation. It’ll be a nice uplift to talk to a loved one.

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Karen Podorefsky

U Mass Amherst

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