One of the hardest parts about going home for winter break is missing all of your new college friends. I speak from experience when I say spring semester is much closer than you think, but just to make sure you don’t lose touch, here’s a few ways that I’ve found make it easy to stay in contact.
- GROUP TEXTS – After the ‘Hey! How are you?’ part of the text conversation, it can be really hard to find things to talk about in a one-on-one convo. Especially, if you speak with your best friend every day. I find that group chats are infinitely entertaining, even if you don’t have time to participate other than a quick emoji or ‘lol’. The more people involved the better! Create multiple conversations with each of your groups of friends. You’ll never be bored and you’ll find that you can keep in touch with very little effort. *Thumbs Up Emoji*
- SEND POSTCARDS OR LETTERS – Going on a trip? Keep it old school and send your friends postcards from your vacation destination. Or if you’re staying home for break, write a plain old notebook-paper letter and send it off. It will be just like the good old days of passing notes in the hallway of your HS. Feel that? It’s the 9th grade nostalgic experience you never thought you’d have.
- COLLAGE BLOG – Think about what interests you and your BFFs share. Anything from exercising, to cooking, to music, to crafting, to reality TV – literally anything! Use this as the theme for your group blog. Choose some topics to write about and set a schedule (everyone posts once a week, twice a week, etc.) for your site. Blogging can not only help you keep a connection with your friends, but it’s a way to express yourself and potentially lead to opportunities in your future career. That’s what I like to call a win-win situation.
- VIDEO CHAT – Whether you choose to set up Skype dates or host impromptu FaceTime sessions, video chatting is the simplest and most personal way to keep in touch with your long-distance friends. It’s about the closest thing you can get to being together, and depending on your app of choice you may be able to set it up with multiple users and/or use it for FREE. Isn’t technology the best?
- GCHAT DURING TV SHOWS – Undoubtedly, there are one or two or ten shows that you and your bestie go insane over. (We’re talking turning off phones, locking doors, not speaking a word and barely breathing until it’s over kind of insane.) To keep the tradition going and to get your QT in, set up a GChat on your laptop before the show. Somehow typing to your BFF (ONLY during commercials) is the single form of acceptable communication during such an event. Again, technology, you’re saving our lives here! <3
- SOCIAL MEDIA – At least once a day, make it a point to send your friends a snap, post to their FB page, or tweet at them (preferably something ridiculous). It’s a fun, but short and sweet, way of keeping in touch. It will keep a flow of communication going back and forth, and some of your other friends may even join in. Plus, who doesn’t love the feeling of notifications waiting on your social accounts? I just need to be poked, darn it.
- PLAN A TRIP – If it’s doable, save up some money and plan a visit. Trek out to your BFF’s house, have him/her come stay at your place, or plan to meet in the middle for a spontaneous little adventure. It’s always fun to experience new places with great friends, plus there is NO better time to travel! Commence wanderlust…
That’s it! Pick one or more of these options for keeping in contact with your college friends and before you know it you’ll be back at school. How do you keep in touch over the holidays? Have any more recommendations? Let us know!