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Don't be a stranger

Week 23

12 February 2018

It goes without saying that the first few weeks of uni will be full of meeting new people, getting to grips with your course, and finding your way around town. Keeping in touch with family and friends back home will likely be near the bottom of the list of things to do, but it's an important thing to remember. 

New city! New friends! New experiences!

It’s easy to get caught up in student life, from attending lectures and studying, to nights out and exploring your new home for the next three years. It’s also easy to be a bit lax on keeping in touch with your family back home. 

We're lucky now that we have the power of technology and social media quite literally at our fingertips; so staying in touch is easier than ever. It's a short post this week, but we want to remind you it's important to stay in contact with your family while you're away from home.

Say it with words

Probably the quickest way to stay in touch is by messaging. Set up WhatsApp or Messenger groups for each set of friends or family you want to keep in touch with. This means you can easily plan stuff in for when you come home, and keep up with all the gossip at the same time!

Spiderman texting

Film it

The next best thing to seeing someone in the flesh is to video call. Whether it’s Skype, FaceTime or Facebook video, you’ll be having a face-to-face conversation with someone from home. It’s also a great way to give your friends and family a tour of your room without them being there (and also means you don’t have to tidy up so much beforehand!)

Toothbrush and toothpaste facetiming

Going retro

Fed up of texting? Send a letter instead. Before the days of staying in contact at the touch of a button, people used to eagerly await the delivery of a letter or postcard from a friend or loved one. Sending ‘real’ mail gives a personal touch that digital messaging lacks. You can doodle on your letters, or spray them with a scent that will remind whoever you’re writing to of you.

Thank you cards are also a nice way of staying in touch. If your gran sends you a gift for your birthday, write her a card to say thank you - it'll probably make her day.

Writing a letter

If you know you're generally not that good at remembering to stay in touch with people, use the technology you have to hand and set up a monthly reminder on your phone and act on it. Simple!