As you’re heading off to college, you’re hit with a barrage of advice from relatives, teachers, and older friends, but one of the most important pieces of advice you should remember is to try to keep in contact with people back home as much as possible. It makes the transition from high school to college much easier, and it’s always better to combat homesickness before it even starts. Sure, if you go home during breaks you’ll get to see everyone, but there’s something very therapeutic about calling/skype-ing with your best friend or convincing your family to put your pet in front of the webcam.
College lets you meet tons of new people, and with about 1,100 students at Transy, you’re bound to find many people who share your interests and make you laugh. However, it’s nice to have a support system coming from back home, so you can tell someone (and brag) about all your new experiences and adventures. I’m not telling you to start up scrapbooking (sorry mom, I haven’t taken your advice to make one), but I’ve made sure to take a lot of pictures and posting a lot to Facebook so my parents that I’m not just hiding in my dorm all the time. You can keep framed pictures of friends, family, and pets around your dorm, and some people make murals on their walls of their favorite photos.
Another thing that I’ve recently discovered is how exciting it is to give and receive letters. Continue reading