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Moving away from home after being home nearly all of last year has been hard. At first, it may feel exciting to finally be back in person, yet we all have those weeks where going out can feel like too much. With these overwhelming feelings, we can miss home more than usual and feel that the distance between us and our hometown friends is simply too far. In the moment these feelings can feel like they won’t ever go away, but there are some ways to make the homesickness better knowing that the people you love are always going to be there for you.

One way to keep in touch is through social media, which can help families and friends stay connected.  Social media can act as a photo album and help us say all the things that we don’t have enough time in our day to say over the phone. However, one should also be careful with how much time we spend on social media because it can also make you feel like you are missing out on making memories with all the people that you love. To combat this feeling, it is important to know your limits, such as knowing when to put your phone down and take a walk. These breaks are important because, with all the good that social media can do, it can also create anxiety about how these bonds will evolve. 

Weekly FaceTime calls, morning and night texts, or movies through Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party) are other ways to stay connected. It is all about creating a routine with the people you care about. Over time, this can help relieve feelings of anxiety about being far away from them and be a highlight in your week even when you aren’t feeling homesick.

The one thing that you should always remember is that your family and your friends love and support you, no matter how much you see them. We all have days, weeks, and months where we miss home and have anxiety about if we are going to stay close with the people we love. This is normal no matter how old or independent we are. We will always miss the people that we can’t see every day. The biggest thing to remember is that communication is key. If your friends or family members make a game plan to stay in touch, then growing apart won’t be an issue. If it’s true that the heart grows fonder when we are apart, perhaps it may even make the reunions sweeter.

One way to keep in touch is through social media, which can help families and friends stay connected.  Social media can act as a photo album and help us say all the things that we don’t have enough time in our day to say over the phone. However, one should also be careful with how much time we spend on social media because it can also make you feel like you are missing out on making memories with all the people that you love. To combat this feeling, it is important to know your limits, such as knowing when to put your phone down and take a walk. These breaks are important because, with all the good that social media can do, it can also create anxiety about how these bonds will evolve. 

Weekly FaceTime calls, morning and night texts, or movies through Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party) are other ways to stay connected. It is all about creating a routine with the people you care about. Over time, this can help relieve feelings of anxiety about being far away from them and be a highlight in your week even when you aren’t feeling homesick.

The one thing that you should always remember is that your family and your friends love and support you, no matter how much you see them. We all have days, weeks, and months where we miss home and have anxiety about if we are going to stay close with the people we love. This is normal no matter how old or independent we are. We will always miss the people that we can’t see every day. The biggest thing to remember is that communication is key. If your friends or family members make a game plan to stay in touch, then growing apart won’t be an issue. If it’s true that the heart grows fonder when we are apart, perhaps it may even make the reunions sweeter.

Haley Morrill

UC Berkeley '25

Haley is a 1st year at UC Berkeley, who is an intended art or media studies major. She loves to write about the arts, culture, and more! When Haley is not studying, you can find her going to art museums, exploring the Bay Area or making art. She is very excited to join the Her Campus team and is looking forward to the year ahead.
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