Keeping in contact with your friends

It’s the end of semester: you’ve finished exams, your last assignment has been submitted and you’re ready for whatever the break might bring. When you’re living on college there are lots of people you can celebrate the end of semester with. But you may also be faced with the realisation that some of your friends are now moving off college because they’ve completed their degrees, or for other reasons.

I recently said goodbye to one of my close friends, who is moving home to Western Australia. While we won’t be in the same town, or even the same state, I know that this goodbye isn’t forever. During my five years on college I’ve seen many of my friends finish their degrees, go back home to be with their families and start other things, so I thought I’d share my top five tips for keeping in touch with your friends over the holidays as well as after college and uni.

Tip 1: Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone

We all get busy, but if you wait for your friend to call or text, you may never actually speak to them. If you call and they don’t answer, leave them a message or call them back later. I like to text my friends before I call to make sure they’re available, because a text message is much less distracting than their phone ringing.

Tip 2: Social media is great

Using social media is a great way to keep in contact with your friends, particularly if they are in a different time zone. You can send them a message and they can reply whenever it suits them. This way, you aren’t accidently waking them at 2am. I have a friend in Germany and we often use Facebook messages to organise our Skype sessions.

social media

Tip 3: Skype, Skype, Skype!

You may not have seen your friend in person for months, or even years, but with Skype you can have face-to-face conversations on a regular basis. Make sure you have a strong internet connection so you don’t have a call with lags or worse, have your conversation drop out completely.

skype

Tip 4: Write letters and postcards

I always get really excited when I receive mail and I know my friends do too. The messages and stories on the back of postcards help me imagine what that place is like, and make me want to travel there one day myself. Email is another great way to write to your friends, and it gets to them instantly.

Tip 5: Make the time to visit

While it is easy to visit your friends who are in the same town or only a couple of hours away, it’s more difficult to visit those who are in different states or countries. I’ve never been to Sydney, Western Australia or Germany but I’m looking forward to some great holidays during which I can catch up with friends, plus free accommodation means more shopping!

The most important investment you can make isn’t your job, the money you make or the car you drive, it’s the relationships you build. Building and maintaining these relationships will take effort and time, but no amount of money will make up for how good it feels to have friends there to celebrate the big events in your life with you. So what are you waiting for? Make contact with your off-campus friends now!

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About Kim

Hi, my name is Kim Kerslake. I am currently studying a Master of Management specialising in Marketing, after completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Management & Leadership in 2013. I moved to Toowoomba from Mitchell, a small country town in south-western Queensland, five years ago. For the first four years that I lived on College I lived in the self-catered block at Steele Rudd College. This year, I have the privilege of being the Resident Advisor (RA) for that same block. Before moving to College, I had never lived away from home and I was nervous about moving away from my family. Moving on to College has now proven to be the best decision I have ever made. I’ve made lots of friends who are always close by to offer support, a laugh and study advice. One of the great things about living on College is that there is always something fun and exciting happening, like the Inter-College Residential Shield competition or a slip ‘n’ slide. Last year and again this year I have had the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the Residential Colleges and Marketing teams as the Residential Colleges Digital Intern. It has been a fantastic experience that has allowed me to gain experience whilst studying. When I’m not at work or studying, I enjoy curling up with a good novel, baking cakes and biscuits and watching the Big Bang Theory. I hope you enjoy reading my blogs and getting to know more about me! Feel free to share your experiences with me in the comments section.

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