How To Stay In Contact With Friends And Family While Living Abroad

By Bianca Phelps

As I am in the US for my third year, of course I still think about my friends and family in Germany. Thanks to modern technology, it is much easier to stay in touch with each other than it used to be.

The main reason I joined Facebook was to stay in touch with people dear to my heart from home. Facebook is a place where you can maintain contact with everyone together. That way it is easy to keep on top of news and events. We are able to exchange pictures and videos.

Of course I miss hearing the voice of  my mom on a daily basis. A good way to at least get a weekly ratio is Skype. There we cannot just talk to each other but also see our faces. And all you need is an Internet connection. There are no unpleasant phone bill surprises at the end of the month. That is my second favorite part about that invention.

I visit Germany once a year. It is very important to stay in touch with my roots. Change happens very fast, and I feel that the whole city had a huge upgrade since the last time I was there.

Of course I love going home to see everybody in person. Nevertheless, it is also hard going back when I know that it is just for a short amount of time, and everybody will ask me to stay.

Those are the times when I am not sure I made the right decision by moving to the US. But then the same people are the ones encouraging me to continue my journey, and that is just what drives me.

As it is very easy to stay in contact, it is very hard to concentrate on my goals knowing that some of the people I want to celebrate with are not here with me. At the same time, it makes me want to work even harder. I want to make them proud of my achievements.

 I struggle sometimes to be without my German friends and family available at all times. Though, I know that they will always stand behind me no matter what.

This journey is not always easy, but it definitely made me more independent. I thought I was quite independent before I moved to the US.  Then I found out that you are truly independent once you have to do the unknown and sometimes scary things by yourself. Now I am not as afraid of new challenges as I was before.

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