So you’ve moved – that’s probably the reason you clicked on this article. Maybe you’re nervous. Maybe you’re excited. Or perhaps even a little of both. There are a ton of new changes that will happen when you move, but you can always keep in touch with a few of your old friends. Keeping in touch is not extremely hard – it just takes a little more effort on your part and their part, but it is possible. Also, it might be a bit harder to keep in touch with all of your friends, so don’t be worried if a few friends fall through.
Social media is amazing and it is great at connecting to people, both old and new (and sometimes friends that you haven’t met #IRL before). Talk to your friends on Facebook, like all their photos on Instagram, or Snapchat them. Social media is the easiest form of communication and your friends are probably most accessible this way (though, you might have a few friends without social media accounts – in that case, try following some of the methods below). Even if you don’t have time to talk to them, hit a few likes on their pictures and comment nice things.
Also, don’t be afraid to drop a friendly “hello” to someone you have not talked to in a while. Chances are, they’ll be excited to talk to you as well. If you want a more personal feel, plan out “friend dates” to video chat or call each other and do cool things that you would normally do in real life, such as watching movies or eating delicious foods – or just talk and catch up. Google hangouts and Skype work well for this. If you and your friends are super busy, it doesn’t hurt to drop in a surprise phone call for a quick 5-minute conversation. It might feel a little weird if you talk to them for the first time in a while, but all the awkwardness will dissolve and you will be back to normal again once you continue talking for a while.
If you have not moved very far away, try to visit a few of your friends in person during a few school breaks. If your friend has break when you are on hiatus, you can try planning a surprise (or not surprise) visit to their school. In some schools you are allowed to visit friends and follow them to their classes (it’s like 7 hours of school, but better because you can catch up on a few old friends)! Otherwise, just visit on a weekend or after classes and do work with them.
From personal experience, I’ve found out that keeping in touch through email tends to be through longer messages, but with longer response times – more of a pen pal like experience. It’s weird and it’s kind of harder to do if you already talk to them through social media (since you both have probably talked about your lives).
If you want a more personal touch to keeping up with your friend, try being their pen pal. It’s a cute ‘lil way to communicate and you can customize letters. Plus, it’s a great excuse to buy more stationary and cute presents that will give your friends an instant pick me up (bonus: it’s always better to get things through mail, especially if they are unexpected). Postage is kind of annoying, so if you want to save money, try just mailing them stuff through the major holidays and email them on a regular basis (the postage really adds up, depending on how often you both send each other mail).