Spoiler alert: studying abroad will give you major sepanx feels, for reals.
With that out of the question, the next good thing to ask is how you can keep yourself together (read: just kidding, let those tears come!) and find ways to stay connected even when you’re on the other side of the world.
Unless you are a superhero where you can fly around or teleport yourself anytime, there is more than one way, or in this case, five ways to keep in touch with your family and friends when you study abroad. So there’s no reason for you to feel all alone!
Want to stay connected even when you’re miles away from home? Here’s how:
1. Set a schedule for catch-ups.
If you’re gonna keep a scorecard for every “hang out soon” you hear from friends you haven’t seen since forever, you’ll probably be counting your whole life! #realtalk. It’s just easier said than done. Imagine how harder it’ll be when you study abroad, right?
Keep in touch with your family and friends by intentionally setting a schedule for updates and catch ups. When you agree to a specific time and day, there’s lesser ~hassle~ of waking each other up at 3 AM just to say Hi! (read: hello, different time zones)
2. Maximize messaging apps.
The world has gotten a whole lot smaller (figuratively) with the help of technology. For starters, there’s no need to wait for weeks just to hear a friend’s reply from abroad. It saves you time, money and a whole lot of effort just to keep in touch with someone.
With countless apps in the market today, you can call/chat/video chat with each other in real time! And the best part? Most of them are free! So go ahead and maximize these platforms. That is, after all, the reason the Internet is made for.
3. Make social media your BFF.
As if there’s a need to emphasize this point in this day and age, make social media your constant! When schedules don’t fit and there’s barely enough time to sit down and talk for an hour, the social media can give you quick updates back home whether you have five minutes or five hours to spare. Just the same, don’t forget to share what’s going on in your life too. Your family and friends are definitely looking forward to a selfie or groufie!
4. Join local community groups.
While keeping in touch with people back home is a given, it’s also important to find a group you can call family during your stay abroad. Homesickness is no joke! Being away with people you used to see every day can really affect you on a personal level.
Step out of your comfort zone! Look for a local community you can build new memories with. If you think about it, Filipinos are literally everywhere! How hard can it be, right?
5. Embrace your new setup.
As exciting as it can be, studying abroad isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. It’s a major life event that can go both ways—either build you up or tear you apart. And whether you realize it or not, part of keeping touch with your family and friends is doing your best to adapt to your new setup. Seize every moment. We’re pretty sure that’s what they’d love to happen too!
After the thrill of being in a new place comes the time when you’ll miss home, and wish that even just for a day you’ll get to talk to your family and friends for who knows how long. Before you break out in tears and throw a pity party, remember these five ways and know that you can always be together—even when you’re apart.