Winter break has rolled around again and once again you have to leave the sanctuary of your dorm room, the excitement of college life, and the lack of supervision from your helicopter parents. You are forced to leave your new lifestyle and while you might be happy to see your family and pet your your animals again, you most definitely are not happy to be leaving your roommate.
Having a college roommate is almost like having a new sibling. You spend so much time with this person that you begin to know everything about them. You guys wake up together, go through the day together, and end every night together. The two of you share a room and a life together, and whether you like it or not, your roommate becomes your other half, and often times your best friend.
You have now spent almost four months with this person, and now you have to leave them for a whole month and a half. You know you will miss them. You are thinking about who you will run to when that boy does something stupid or when your family does something ridiculous and you just need to vent about it. You are wondering what you are going to do without them for so long and you don’t know what you are going to do.
That is okay! It’s perfectly okay to be wondering all of these things and to be sad about leaving your new best friend, but you will survive. You have to do to get through winter break without your roommate, and here is how you are going to do it.
Modern technology has given us the great pleasure of seeing anyone that lives miles away at the touch of a finger. Talk to your roommate and schedule a time to catch up on each other’s lives via FaceTime.
FaceTiming is better than a call or a text because you can see each other’s reactions when you both tell each other everything crazy that is going on in your lives. Plus, it is always nicer to see someone’s face when you miss them rather than just hearing their voice on a call, or reading their words through a screen. A simple and easy FaceTime will help to fill the void missing of sadness you feel when you miss your roommate.
It’s convenient, takes almost no effort, and provides you with instant satisfaction. Grabbing your phone and sending your roommate a simple, “Hey how’s everything been?” text can be just the cure you need to heal the winter break blues.
While it can be annoying to type out your whole life on a small screen, it can be a temporary solution to a permanent situation. You can send your roommate simple texts until you get the chance to talk on the phone or arrange a FaceTime chat.
Sending memes back and forth is a way for you and your roommate to keep the fun alive even when there’s distance between the both of you. Your inside jokes and fits of laughter do not have to go away just because you and your roommate are not together.
It’s incredibly easy to send over a goofy gif, forward your favorite funny video, or make a silly Tik Tok to send to your roommate. Sending each other memes is a nice and creative way to show each other you miss each other and you are thinking about each other. Whether it be through Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat, keep the laughs going all winter long.
You can do it any day, any time, and anywhere. Snapchatting has become one of the greatest and most popular inventions known to date. You can essentially talk to someone without even talking. You can send your roommate pictures of your silly faces or things you see in public and you both can laugh at any time of the day.
The best thing about Snapchat is that you do not even need to think of a conversation starter. You can just send a quick picture of your face in a funny filter and call it a day!
See Other Friends
It is winter break! You don’t have classes or homework, so why spend your time being sad about missing being at college when you could be spending time doing all the things you love to do at home, such as seeing your friends from home. These are the people you grew up with, the people who know you better than anyone else, and the people who have watched you become the person you are.
Your friends from home hold a special part in your life and you should spend as much time as you can with them while you have the chance because that chance will not be there forever. Get your friends together, eat at your favorite spots, do your favorite activities, laugh about old memories, and make some new ones!
Your friends from home should not be forgotten because you’ve made new friends at school. You do not have to chose between one or the other. You should like Hannah Montana and enjoy the best of both worlds. You have two different lives and two different friendships, and you should cherish both of them.
Focus on Family
College is hard. It is a time where you have to leave the comfort of your home, your pets, and your family. Leaving the people who mean the most to you can be hard and sad, but that just means that the time you do get to spend with them once you are in college should be cherished even more.
You get just a short month and a half with your family during winter break, so you should spend all of the quality time with them that you can. Spend less time focusing on how much you miss your roommate, and spend more time focusing on how much you missed your family while you were at college.
Do you have some more tips and tricks to survive winter break without your roommate? Comment below and tell us what you do to get through winter break without your new bestie!
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Hi! My name is Tatum Fales and I'm a senior and communications major at Emmanuel College in Boston MA. My hobbies include writing, binge watching Netflix, and keeping up with every ounce of Celebrity gossip. I'm so excited to be writing for Society19 and I can't wait to share my writing with you!