It might seem impossible to stay in touch with your best friend from home when you’re both in different colleges. With everything from distance, new friends and college work getting in the way, going from spending almost every day together to barely seeing each other at all can be hard.
However don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to stay in touch with your best friend while at college. Be sure to give one of these ideas for something more fun than just sending a text.
Snail Mail each other
When’s the last time that you picked up a pen and wrote a real letter to someone? Well, why not go old school and start snail mailing your best friend while at college. Writing letters is such a fun way to stay in touch and it’s a lot more personal.
Writing allows you to really embrace your creative side. For example, you could invest in some nice writing paper or even add a few photos and cutouts that you thought your friend would like. When it comes to letter writing, it doesn’t have to be an essay. Simply recounting a funny story from your week, writing down a cute quote or sending a brief message on a postcard is enough to show your friend that you’re thinking of them.
Take spontaneous trips
No matter how short a visit it is, a spontaneous trip to see your best friend is never a bad idea. Whether it’s an impromptu night out at your friends’ college, a day trip somewhere in the middle of you both or a meet up back in your hometown, take every opportunity possible to see your best friend.
Send your friend a care package
When you’re stressed out studying for exams or exhausted after a week of guy drama, all you really want is to have your best friend around. However, if you can’t both physically be together in person then sending a care package to your best friend is definitely the next best thing.
To make a care package, start by putting together a small parcel of things that you know your best friend will love. This could include books, snacks, a candle or even some cute candid photos from the previous summer. Either way, a care package doesn’t have to cost a lot: just the fact that you’ve made the effort is more than enough to show that you’re there.
Three-way skype calls
When you have more than one best friend, staying in touch becomes even harder, especially if you all want to talk at the same time. Facebook calls are a life saver. All you need to do is coordinate a time when you are all online, then you can call in and it will be like you’ve never been apart.
Channel your inner Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
It’s the ultimate friends movie so, why not channel your own version of it with your best friends this year? Ok, the one pair of jeans magically fits you all thing might not be entirely plausible in real life but you could apply the concept to something else.
Whether it’s a cute tote bag, a journal or a photo album, pick an item to send between you and your best friend this year and add something on to it, like a patch, photo or message, each time you receive the item.
Have a Facetime movie night
Just because you and your best friend aren’t’ in one place, that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on your regular movie nights together. Coordinate an evening, pick a movie, get some food and facetime your best friend. Then leave facetime on as you both watch the movie. It will be exactly the same as when you’re both at home, only this time you can’t steal each other’s snacks.
Make each other a Spotify playlist
Hands up, who loves seeing what music their best friends are listing to on Spotify? Well, why not utilise the popular music streaming site to a whole new level and actually use it to keep in touch with your best friend.
The best way to do this is to make a collaborative playlist that you can then share with your friend. Once you’ve made one, you can both add music to it, as and when you feel like it. This way when you’ve got the music on at your college party, you’ll know that your best friend is at her college, rocking out to the same tunes too.
There you have it, those are some creative ways to stay in touch with your best friend while at college this year. With so many ideas to try, it will feel like you’ve never been apart.