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Summer Vacation: Keeping in Touch

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One of the best aspects of college is that you get to see your friends every day. However, it can be tricky to keep in touch with everyone when you are no longer living right next to them! During summer break, everyone retreats back to their hometowns, and it can be strange to no longer see your best friends all the time. For this reason, it is important to have a reunion at some point over the summer. The cause? A surprise party! Odds are, somebody in your friend group has a summer birthday, and there's no better excuse to see everyone than a secret birthday-palooza! 

  1. Create the plan early in the summer so everyone looks forward to seeing each other and coordinates before their plans get too hectic.
  2. Pick a location relatively central to everyone. At UMass, people come from all over and it's important to make sure everyone can get to the party. 
  3. Create a Facebook group! Having a Facebook group is the easiest way to coordinate dates that work and carpools to get people to the location. 
  4. Make it themed! Creating a funny theme for the surprise party can be a hilarious way to get everyone excited for the day.

While these surprise parties may be for one particular person's birthday, it's really more about getting everyone together. Seeing everyone for at least one day in the summer can keep the connections strong between your friends and remind you of how much you can't wait to get back to UMass! 


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