For the next few posts, I have decided to introduce a new series called, “What do UDo?” where I will finish the question differently for each post about some different things UD Honors students do.  If you have any ideas, feel free to hit up the comment section!

Freshman Breanna Mesa loves to Skype with her family and friends from home!

First up: “What do UDo… to keep in contact with friends from home?”

Being fresh out of high school, I have been trying so hard to stay in contact with my friends who do not go to UD.  However, when you are so busy with school, activities, and doing new and exciting things at college, keeping up with your friends from home can be really hard.  In this digital age it is believed that it is rather easy to keep up to date with others not around.  However, I say there are way too many outlets available where you can contact your friends. If I want to get in touch with my friend, I can text, tweet, Facebook message, or Snapchat; I don’t know which one to use first!  As Drew Barrymore says in the film He’s Just Not That Into You, “Now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It’s exhausting!”

While it may be hard, it is not impossible. Freshmen living in Russell B1 have found the ideas below useful to keep in touch with their friends while at college:

1. “Skype dates. Set a definite time, like Sundays at 4.” By doing this, you can get into a routine of talking for longer periods of time.  You can keep up with what is going on in your friends’ lives and keep them up to date on what is going on with you too in a more in-depth way

2.“Group chats can help keep everyone updated instantly.”  With the iPhones, the group chat feature is extremely helpful in keeping in touch with your entire friend group. It also helps for you not to have to repeat what is going on for each friend!

3. “When you’re walking to or from class, just call your friends and talk for a little bit.” Any little form of communication helps, even if it is only for a few minutes.  Just by saying “Hi! Hope your day is going well!” it will let your friend know you are thinking of them.

4. “Plan visits to other colleges or plan visits for your friends to come to Delaware.” Having your friends come and see you and your everyday life at college will be fun and exciting. I know I loved when one of my best friends came to visit me last semester and can’t wait to visit her soon. It can be fun to see how different Delaware is from other schools!

While keeping in touch with friends can be hard, I found that if you just try your best to keep in touch in minimal ways, even just through Snapchat or social media like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you will continue to be involved in their lives and keep the relationship stronger than ever!

Now it’s your turn: What have you found to be the most useful way to keep in touch with your friends from home? Have you visited any of your friends at other colleges? How does UD compare?

~Hannah Tattersall

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