The beginning of the fall semester means there will be new students learning how to live away from their family and friends for the first time and how to adjust to a new atmosphere.
While college is an exciting experience and a place where you’ll meet some of your best friends, it also means being away from your family and childhood friends. There will come a time in the semester when you start to miss hanging out with them the way you did in high school. Staying connected to these important people in your life doesn't have to be difficult, thanks to FaceTime and Skype.
When students get homesick for the first time there’s nothing better than hopping on a call with your mom or best friend from home. Even if you only talk for a few minutes to catch up on what's happening in each other’s lives, it is still a great way to feel connected to them. Sometimes things get so busy that you might not even have time for a FaceTime call; and that's okay. You can always send a quick text message to the people you care about just to ask about their day.
If you’re busy, social media is another great way to stay connected to friends and family. Snapchat is popular for keeping streaks with friends, which requires you to send a Snapchat every day. Sometimes just seeing their face and what their doing makes it feel like you’re less absent from their life.
It’s the little things that help you feel more connected and closer to your friends and family. Feeling like your loved ones are checking in on you is a nice way to stay connected.
Putting aside the things you can do to keep in touch, you can also make plans to see your friends from home during longer breaks like winter and spring break. It’s a lot of fun to get together and fill each other in on how school has been and major events throughout the course of your semester.
It is easy to get lost in all of the activities that kick off the school year, especially that first week of college when everything is brand new. Students are so busy exploring campus and getting familiar with their new schedules that they might forget about texting their parents, but there will always be a point where you miss the other people in your life.
Staying connected while you’re away is a great way to maintain relationships and friendships with people you can’t see on a daily basis. Friends and family won't always be right next to you but if you communicate they’ll always be there for you.
Madison Appleby is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.