Staying in touch during this period of uncertainty can be hard, whether your friends live near or far. Here are a few ways to keep busy and stay social with college friends that you miss.
Missing your Friday movie nights? Now, distance doesn’t have to stand in the way! Netflix Party, an extension for Chrome browsers, allows you to invite people to watch Netflix shows with you, even if you’re far away. All you have to do is install the extension, create your party and then send out the URL to invite your friends. Try it out for yourself by downloading the extension here. Plus, you can live chat while you’re watching, so you can discuss movies and shows together as you watch them in real time.
In this day and age, texting and email are the go-to forms of communication, but there’s nothing like getting a handwritten letter in the mail from a friend. If you really want to take your letters to the next level, invest in some nice stationary from companies such as Rifle Paper Co. or Sugar Paper. Plus, a good set of stationary is a great investment and a fun way to reach out to your friends.
Don’t feel confident in your own handwriting abilities? Want to just spice your letters up even more? Try a service like Punkpost that will allow you to pay for an artist to handwrite a card for you and send it out. It’s a super cute way of letting someone know you’re thinking of them during this difficult time. The best part is that they’ll be able to hold onto it for years to come.
One great (but definitely overlooked!) way to stay in touch with people is through music. Spotify allows you to make collaborative playlists with your friends, which can be updated at any time by anyone who’s allowed to collaborate on it. Plus, by using Spotify’s web player, you can customize the “cover” of the playlist. Add pictures of you and your friends or your ‘quarantine #mood’. You can also edit the description of your collaborative playlist. Leave your friends little notes or remind them of all the fun times you had when you were together.
Not sure where to start? Consider creating two playlists to work on together: one can be a mashup of all the songs that remind you of each other and the other can be an updated playlist of what you’re listening now. This is a great way to keep each other updated and informed about your current music obsessions.