5 Tips For Reconnecting With Hometown Friends Over The Holidays

By Alexandra Brown on December 26, 2014

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Being away at college doesn’t always allow for time to be spent with your friends from home, especially if you all went to different schools, which is often the case.

You may stay somewhat connected through social media like Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you might even be lucky enough to get to spend a weekend at your friend’s school, or vice versa, which can be a lot of fun.

Thanksgiving break can be a time where you may get to see some friends from home, but it goes by so quickly and people are likely to be busy, either stressed out about finals, traveling to see family, or swamped with end of the year homework assignments.

You may just have to wait until winter break to spend time with old hometown friends which is fine because you’re most likely going to be bored being at home for an entire month.

The real catching up usually takes place during winter break because there’s a lot more time to get together with the hometown friends you haven’t been able to see in person.

You may also have long-term to-do items, like apply for internships for the summer, figure out what you’re doing after graduation, polish your resume that probably hasn’t been updated in a while since you’ve been busy with finals, read an actual book of your choice for leisure, along with other things you just haven’t had time for recently.

However, winter break is the perfect time to reconnect with your friends from home because it’s a chunk of time where you can actually relax, and not worry about classes, since you just finished a semester. There is no homework, no papers to write, no group projects to pretend to care about. You can focus on yourself, family, and enjoying the holidays.

Here are 5 ways to reconnect with your friends from home over the holidays.

1. Meet up for coffee

You and your friends might be really busy over break, between Christmas shopping, spending time with family from all over, traveling, going on vacation, and preparing for the semester that lies ahead.

If this sounds like you and your friends, then it might be a somewhat difficult task to gather all of you together in one place. If this is the case, maybe suggest a short, quick coffee date in a group message. You should always make time for friends, no matter how long or short the reunion may be.

You can all make time to briefly catch up on each other’s lives without making an entire day of it. This way, you still get to see each other all in one place.

2. Go for brunch and a matinee

If you and your friend group have equally long winter breaks and have time, devote an entire day to spending time together.

Catch up on your friends’ semesters abroad, roommate/significant other drama, the new friendships they’ve made, and anything else you can think of over a nice brunch.

Then, following brunch, go out to what will probably be your first movie in a movie theater in a long time since being at school.

3. Go out on the town

Maybe you’ve gone out a lot at school recently, but going out never gets old. Especially if it’s with your friends from home with whom you never get to go out.

Whether it’s a local bar, or a bar in a nearby city, this won’t be a bad idea. You’ll get to reconnect with your close friends from home in an atmosphere similar to the one you just left at school, so in a way it’s the best of both worlds.

4. Plan a special dinner

Nothing is more fun than getting all dressed up and going out to dinner with some of your best friends, especially if you haven’t seen them in a while.

Pick a favorite restaurant among your group in your hometown, or make a night of it and travel to a nearby, bigger city to a place that really requires you to dress up.

You can catch up on everything you’ve missed in each other’s lives while away at school, while feeling slightly older and more independent while doing so.

5. Slumber party

This may sound a tad bit high school, but come on, you know you and your friends would have a blast.

If your hometown friends are in fact friends with whom you went to high school, or even grade school, what better way to reminisce on old times than having a good old fashioned sleepover?

There could be baking or watching of old, classic movie favorites, but most importantly genuine bonding time with friends you haven’t been able to see this semester because you’ve been away at college.

Hi! I'm Alexandra Brown, a current senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am a News-Editorial Journalism major, and am also working toward a Spanish minor. I love writing, especially about pop-culture, so I hope I can entertain you!

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