Distance changed A LOT! Especially the communication between you and your loved ones.
Whether you are moving from Long Island or you are moving from Australia, things will be different between you, your family, and your friends. I moved 900 miles away from my family and friends that I have spent the last 19 years with. So, here are some ways that I have coped with being so far from them all.
- FaceTime is your best friend. The 21st century has its perks and Apple products are one them. FaceTime (or Skype) is the best way to keep in contact with your family. You get to see their beautiful faces, see how tall your little brother is getting, and of course, seeing your favorite dog. *Warning: You may get super emotional and some FOMA from being so far away but it's worth seeing everyone.*
- Letters may be time consuming but nothing beats checking your mailbox to find a handwritten letter. This is something that does take some time but is so rewarding to open up. Handwritten letters are so personal and show that you really care. Your family will truly appreciate letters and love them with all their heart. It's super cheap, also! Stamps, paper, envelopes, and a pencil are all you need!
- Hedwig comes every second Tuesday of the month to pick-up/drop off mail. Just kidding. Quick joke for the Harry Potter fans out there. I hope you laughed.
- Call your parents on your walk back to your room or on your way to class. This is some downtime that you probably spend checking your social media but seeing who posted what on instagram can wait. Take those 10 minutes and catch up with your mom, dad, grandma, or sibling.
- Group messages with your family. This can be either super annoying or super hilarious. Family group chats are great because 1) you can name it whatever you want 2) it's something quick and easy to do 3) your dad will probably send something that he finds hilarious but the rest of your family doesn't.
- A simple "good morning" text to your mom or dad will make her entire day. I promise. This only takes literally 20 seconds but will leave your parents smiling for the next couple hours. Set a reminder to go off every morning with "text mom good morning" so you'll never forget!