As you and your friends from home depart to your respective colleges to take the next step in your lives — cliche, we know, but just work with us here — you might find it hard to keep in contact with them. It’s one of the sad truths about college. But fear not — here are some tried-and-true methods to help you keep those friendships intact through your years away from them.
1. Skype dates
Set aside an hour or so once per week to devote to calling or “Skyping” one of your friends — we suggest 3 p.m. on Sunday, because, really, who is productive at 3 p.m. on a Sunday? Most of the time, just seeing your friends’ faces or hearing their voices is enough to make your day better immediately, no matter how bad of a week it’s been. Although college life can and will get hectic, if you commit to devoting an hour per week to your friendships, it’s a great destresser and a habit that will hopefully follow you during your years here.
2. Snail mail
We are not sure what your favorite method of communicating is, but we at the Clog appreciate the traditional way: writing letters. There’s just something about knowing that someone took the time to write out his or her thoughts on an actual piece of paper and put it in something archaic called an “envelope” that makes the gesture so much more powerful than an email or Facebook message. Who knows what “stamps” even are anymore? Hint: You can buy them at Walgreens or at the post office on Durant Street.
3. Care packages
On the same note, care packages are fun to both make and receive. No one knows you better than your best friends, so their care packages to you are bound to be just what you needed that day — emergency midterm-therapy coffee, anyone? Your friends got you covered. They can get pricey, though, so send them in moderation.
There’s really nothing better than seeing your bestie in person. While this may not be feasible for us all, if you’re close enough to your buddies to be able to visit them a few times per year, consider yourself lucky! Visits can do wonders to strengthen your high school friendships. Carpool, drive or find another way to spend a weekend in their town to get to know their friends and experience a new place.
5. Social media
Although it may sting a little — OK, a lot — to see your bestie’s newest Instagram post feature someone who isn’t you, social media is a great way to keep up with the busy lives of your friends, and them with yours. Snapchat your sleepy-lecture face and share a picture of Memorial Glade on a beautiful sunny day with your best friends — it will be as if you never left each other.
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