No matter how much you love college, it’s never easy to say goodbye to friends and family at home. When classes pick up and you have meetings and deadlines every day of the week, it can be difficult to stay in touch with the people that you no longer see every day. Technology has given us so many incredible new ways to communicate with one another, but it can still be difficult to find the time to sit down for a phone call or video chat. Inspired by some of the incredible people in my life, here are some of the best ways to stay in touch with your loved ones once you’ve moved out.
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1. Scheduled Video Chat Days
Pick a day of the week when you both have free time and make a date for that day each week. You can easily stay up to date by getting weekly updates on each other’s lives and stay just as close as before you moved apart.
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2. Slide Into Their DMs
We all spend more time on social media than we’d care to admit. Use it to your advantage and send those cute baby videos and funny memes to your friends to share a laugh and let them know they’re on your mind. I know it makes my day to open up my messages and see pictures of dogs in Halloween costumes!
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Before starting college, one of my close friends created a playlist full of our favorite artists and songs. Three years later and it still brings a smile to my face every time I listen to it. Something so simple can mean so much.
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4. Make Use of Your Commute
If you find yourself spending a lot of time in the car, use that time to check-in. If you tend to be commuting at the same time, let a friend know and that can become your regularly scheduled time to chat. Just don’t text and drive!
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5. Make Exciting Plans for When You Get to See Each Other Again
Even when the semester is overwhelming, there are breaks from the craziness to look forward to. By planning a get together for these times when everyone is home you can have something to look forward to. Having a designated time to catch up on everything that has changed since you have last seen each other is crucial. Friendsgiving anyone?