- Skype is a godsend. Even if it’s just a quick chat in between coming home from uni and heading out for a drink with some friends, it all makes a difference. I have a couple of friends who do skype dates where they’ll get the same film and watch it together over skype! Cute idea, never tried it myself. Something tells me I might end up smashing my laptop in pure rage with the annoying time delay, when you’re trying to tell them something crucial to their understanding of the film. Like how you have an inappropriate older man crush on Alan Rickman and you ‘definitely would’.
- Letters. So much better than getting an email.The best part is you have something tangible, to look back over and re-read when you’re having a shite day and you’re in need of some cheering up.
- Visits. The best part about going abroad, is getting to play the knowledgable tour guide when people come to visit you. You realise how much you’ve learned and you get to spend some time with your boyfriend/girlfriend in a cool, exotic locaiton. So far I’ve managed to see my boyfriend once every month, that’s just how it’s worked out. Every two months isn’t so bad, just a bit of a stretch.
- Whatsapp or something similar on your phone. It’s free so you can tell them all the stupid thoughts that fart about in your head all day. Makes the distance feel a little bit smaller. I can’t tell you how nice it is to hear something from them every day, even if it’s just a little message to tell them how much you hate your boss or what you’re planning to do at the weekend.
- Call each other once in a while. Maybe not everyday. There’s only so many times you can hear what the other person had for lunch before you start playing ‘How would I kill you off’ in your head.
- Postcards and parcels. Getting an unexpected postcard with a brief hello always brightens up the day! Sending birthday presents, valentines day cards and all that jazz in the post is also a great way to keep some parts of your normal routine together.
If you’ve got decent friends, they’ll try to support you when you’re having a rough time dealing. And that makes life a whole lot easier! I generally take the view that if it’s going to work out, it will, if it doesn’t then there was something not quite right there. Fingers crossed I’ll come back acceptably freckled and my boyfriend won’t have overdosed on tea. Best of luck to everyone!