When you think of home you tend to think of three things: your family, pets and friends. Yeah, you’ve made some good friends here and you love hanging out with them but your friends back home are the ones that you’ve grown up with and graduated with. Staying in touch can be hard with everyone having very different schedules but it’s important to at least send a quick text every once and a while to see how they’re doing.

A super easy way to keep up with everyone at once is to create a big group chat. At least that way everyone can talk about what’s going on and you don’t have to retell your story a bunch of times. If everyone has snapchat you can also make up a snapchat group if that works out better. When you’re back home hang out with them when you can because you don’t realize till you're not around them all of the time just how much you miss them. These friends may have been with you through some very important times, don’t let distance separate you guys. Whether some of you went off to college or some stayed home to continue working or some went off to travel, keep in touch about what you guys are doing and maybe Facetime if you guys have the chance to. Facetime is so much better than texting if you guys aren’t able to meet up. 

It’s not only important to keep in touch with your friends from home but your family too. These are the people that are supporting you and watching you as you grow up. They want what is best for you and are going to be with you every step of the way. Call them every once and a while and update them on how you’re doing, don’t make it a Thanksgiving and Christmas thing only. And if you have a sibling, as much as they may annoy you, hang out with them. Deep down you guys miss not being able to see each other everyday and getting to just hang out. Appreciate your family and friends, if they ask to hang out with you then hang out with them. We’re at college for pretty much nine months out of the year so that doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to be home and around the people that you love so take advantage when you do see them. It’s hard to be away from home but it’s harder when you’re away and don’t have any of your friends or family with you. Email, text, call, Facetime, write letters, There’s so many things out there to help you to stay in touch with the people you love. 

Rachel Laher is an undecided freshman studying at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Want to talk to Rachel? Email her rl218617@ohio.edu.

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