It never gets easy to leave loved ones behind and return to real life. This is my fifth quarter at K, but returning from our six week winter break still feels as difficult as it did a year ago. After six weeks of working and seeing family and friends from high school, I was, of course, reluctant to dive back into actually doing homework and changing out of my pajamas before noon.
One thing that never goes away, no matter how long I’ve been in college, is my desire to somehow corral everyone I love and put them in the same place, the same city, even the same state. As I meet people from different places and backgrounds, I realize that each one of us has a web of people that we always miss. We may see them for one or two weeks every year, but we always wish it could be more.
People always say that social media keeps us so hyperconnected that it’s like all of our friends and family are constantly trailing behind us, reading our posts and understanding our lives on a daily basis. Sure, social media helps me keep updated on what people are doing while we’re apart, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop wishing that I could hear them tell me about their day in person.
Thankfully, I have forged a support system at K that makes it a little easier to leave my high school friends behind. I have new K friends, my suitemates, and even my digitally-present old friends. Even if I can’t see everyone I love at once, I can always find someone to lean on anywhere I go.