While we all love having three months to lay by the pool, take trips to the beach and spend time with our family, coming home from school and leaving all of our school friends can be tough. The relationships we make at school, whether they are roommates, sorority sisters or classmates become very important parts of our lives. These relationships are the foundation for our support systems at our home away from home. When we no longer have our parents to help us every step of the way, we look to these friends for the help, love and support we need.

Finding good ways to keep in touch with your school friends can make those seemingly endless three months much less painful. First and foremost, make sure you have all of your closest friends’ email addresses and instant messenger usernames. When texting each other at all times of the day and night starts to get old, try switching it up by sending an email or iChat invitation updating them on what you’ve been up to lately. Since the majority of us are now smartphone users, emails and instant messages are no longer any less convenient than text messages. 

Luckily for us, technology and social media has made keeping in touch virtually effortless; Facebook, Skype, iMessage, Twitter, Instagram, Voxer, Snapchat and countless other apps all allow you to stay up to date with your friends via status updates, tweets, photos and even voice notes. With so many social outlets at your hands, it would be harder not to stay up-to-date with what’s been going on in your group of friends.

In addition to keeping in touch over the phone and internet, planning weekend visits are always fun too. Start an email or Facebook thread with all of your friends and compare schedules to find a time that works for everyone. Take off on a Friday and head to the beach for a long weekend, or road trip to an amusement park and spend the day riding roller coasters.

We can all agree that being separated from friends is no fun, but don’t let it ruin your summer!