Hello! My name is Madison and I am currently attending Ohio University and I am in the Scripps College of Communication. My major is integrated media with minors in both business administration and marketing.
College gives you a chance to go out on your own and start fresh, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave everything behind you after high school. You will have friends that you want to keep in contact with and of course family. So you ask, how is the best way to do this? I am here to answer this. I will start off by telling you that I attend Ohio University, which is only an hour from my hometown. With that being said it is not difficult for me to travel home on the weekends, depending on my schedule. There are times when I can’t go home for weeks, but I have found ways to stay connected. This is my third year living on campus and over the years I have kept in contact with a few friends back home. The first piece of advice that will keep you connected to them is to use technology! Technology has given us the power to talk to someone through video, chat, call, text, Snapchat, and the list keeps going. There are so many different ways to reach your friends and family. I personally use my cellphone the most to keep in contact. When I really miss home I use Skype to feel closer to them.
Another tip that I have learned is to return to the old days of handwritten letters. This form of communication has been around for centuries and we are lucky enough to still use it. I love to receive letters in the mail from my friends. It is very touching and it keeps our relationship strong. It is important to write back so you can keep the communication going. I also get cards in the mail from my mom during the holidays and just to say hello. Those really brighten my day and I brighten hers by sending one back or coming home for a surprise visit. Visiting friends and family is a great way to stay connected. Your friends and family could also travel visit you too. I’ve had my good friend stay with me on a weekend since we had not seen each other in a while. I took her to a football game and we got to explore the wonderful place of Athens, Ohio. For some of you that go to college out of state or far away from home it can be hard to visit. My advice is to go home on a break longer than a weekend so you have ample time to see people. To save money you could carpool with someone from your area or take a bus instead of flying. I used to take the bus before I had a car on campus and it saved my parents both time and money since they didn’t have to pick me up.
Now that I have talked about family and friends I may have left out the most important relationship…your pet! We all miss our pets immensely when we are away from home. It can be hard, but there are things that can help. You could find your favorite picture of your pet, frame it, and put it where you can see it everyday. It will remind you that they are missing you too. Also, there are actual companies who make stuffed animals based off of a picture of your pet that you send in. This way you can have your pet “close by” and ready to cuddle whenever needed.
It can be tough to be away from home and out on your own, but luckily there are many ways to contact family and friends. Staying connected can help with homesickness and your happiness level. It is important to note that you should not be too attached to your home. You don’t want to spend all of your time worrying about how much you miss home. College is a great way to make new friends and explore parts of life that you never have before. My advice is, do what feels right to make your years in college some of the best times of your life.