In late September of my freshman year at college, I got a teary-eyed phone call from a friend 3,000 miles away. She and I had grown up together, but drifted apart at the end of high school, when we both had different ideas of who we were. We hadn’t spent much time together in the last year, but I didn’t question it for a minute when I heard her voice.
We had both gone far from our small-town home to the schools of our dreams, and neither of us knew a soul around our new campuses. Both of us were on an exciting new life adventure, which turned out to also be sometimes scary and sometimes just plain lonely.
We were making friends, but they were friends that we had known only a month at most, and she needed the relief of the voice of somebody who really knew her. It was a relief to me, too, and I wasn’t even having the bad day that she was. I had been so caught up in moving and settling in, going to new classes, finding my way around campus, making new friends and adjusting to dorm life, I hadn’t noticed how much I missed the familiar surroundings of home. I missed the hug of a good friend and the sound of the voices that I had grown up with.
If this is your first year away from home, you probably have a good idea of what I mean. If you haven’t already, give an old friend a call, snap chat about your new place, or Skype so you can see them tear up when they see you again. They’ll be happy to hear from you.
Upperclassmen, how do you stay connected with friends and family back home? And hug a freshman, while you’re thinking about it.