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University of Massachusetts student in Sycamore Residence Hall

The picture you see above is me on my very first day of college in Sycamore Residence Hall. I was nervous, anxious, excited, and definitely a little nauseous about being away from home. I am lucky enough to have a tight-knit group of friends from my hometown and I was nervous how the distance between us would change our friendship. We had been inseparable since the sixth grade and had never spent more than a few days apart! With most of us attending college in New England, we knew that we would see each other for most school breaks and long weekends, but that seemed so far away at the time!

One day, I sent a selfie of me and my roommate to my home friends, with a goofy caption about how it took us over an hour to figure out how to take the bus to Target. To my surprise, almost all of my friends sent back a selfie with some fact about their day. Some of them talked about their homework assignments; others mentioned new friends they had made. None of us really had the time to continue a long conversation, but those few sentences about a random aspect of each of their days made me feel just a little bit closer to them all.

After that first accidental “selfie time,” my friends and I continued the tradition and would start sending each other a quick picture and sentence about what we were currently doing. The only rule was that once you saw that someone started selfie time, you had to send a selfie back, no matter what you were doing! This made for a fun game and a great way to keep in touch.

While selfie time is a relatively silly way to keep in touch with home friends, it worked for me! Finding a way to include your high school friends in your new world is a great way to beat homesickness and ease the stress of your transition to college! 

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Residential Life
Transitioning to College

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