Keeping in Touch: Life after Uni
Friends for life, not just for Uni!
As the long summer days stretch out endlessly in front of you, whether you’re on your summer break or leaving university for good, suddenly you find yourself no longer constantly surrounded by your best friends and housemates.
And while you may not miss the one that hoards cups in their bedrooms until they have their own ecosystem, you do feel a little bit lost without the gang around you.
Here are some easy tips for staying in touch after uni and it’ll be like you never left:
Send them a message
It sounds like the easiest thing to do - you’re constantly on your phone anyway! But life has a habit of happening and sometimes and you may not actually hit reply.
When you’re sitting in front of the TV, watching Love Island, or on your commute to work, just pop them a quick hello, or have an actual phone call. Ask them about their day, if they have weekend plans or what they’ve been up to. Keep the conversation going, and not just getting in touch for the big life events. The chat doesn’t have to bit lit all the time - even if you’re just sending funny cat videos, or a meme you think they’ll like.
Try to organise to meet up! It’s great to spend some time with people, instead of just over a screen. Organise a day trip, or arrange to go to one person's house for a weekend, or even (if you’re close enough) a coffee at lunch time.
It can be difficult working out a day when everyone is free, but plan ahead and if one or more people cannot make one date, arrange a second meet up with them too.
Why not do what these friends did and make PowerPoints about your lives to catch up?
Plan a Trip
Meeting up is great, but planning to go to an event is better. Why not go to a festival, or on a holiday, or a weekend camping? First, you’ll have the planning process to keep you in constant contact, then you have the actual trip and afterwards you'll have the memories and the reminiscing.
This kind of trip can also start planning so far in advance that you can work out a time where everyone can come.
Receiving a letter in the mail addressed to you (that's not a bill) in this day and age is an exciting event. So why not put pen to paper and write to your bestie? You can spend time looking for the best card, drawing funny pictures or including little gifts. Friends will really appreciate the time and effort you've spent writing to them, and it doesn't have to be anything important or profound. As the saying goes, 'It's the thought that counts!"
or game together
If you and your friends are gamers, try and organise sometime when you’re online at the same time and just have a chat - the hours will fly by without you realising.
If there was a show you watched religiously as a flat, why not plan to continue watching together when you leave. Organise a time that suits and hit play at the same time - and live message your reactions. It’s great fun and if one of you is a minute or so out you have to not spoil it for the others!
And it’s not just friends to keep in touch with - keep in touch with the University too. If you have a favourite tutor, drop them a line or pop back to Portsmouth and meet for a coffee. They love to see how their students are progressing!
The Careers and Employability Service is also here for you, up to five years after you’ve graduated. So if you find yourself needing a little bit of help on the job front, they’ll be able to give you some advice and guidance.
The Alumni Association hold Alumni events throughout the year, from black tie dinners to local tours. They can help you organise your own reunions and link you with other Portsmouth Alumni across the world.
Keeping in touch doesn’t have to be a chore - make it fun and it’ll be like you never left.
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