Before I left Calvin, I warned my friends that I would most likely be in minimal contact with them. After all, I wanted to be as fully immersed as possible. Oh, idealistic Dana. In the fall we were told to avoid Skyping and communication with people from home as much as possible. Which is, in theory, wonderful advice.
However, for your sanity it is important to communicate with those who love you and understand you. I haven’t gone crazy with Skyping, but I definitely look forward to my weekly Skype date with my roomie back in Calvin and with my parents.
The week I was really sad, however, I couldn't help but Skype a bit more. I Skyped my roommate THREE TIMES that weekend (I don't know how she puts up with me!). She could tell something was off, but she didn't say anything. Being the wonderful sun goddess that she is, she distracted me with funny stories about our floor and her life at Calvin.
While hearing about all the good times she was having was a bit sad, just seeing her face (along with the faces of other floor members) brightened my spirits. It's okay to reach out when you're feeling down. Your friends love and care for you and want to be there when you need them the most.
Skyping friends and family at home gives you some much needed affirmation and support. In a foreign place, it’s easy to feel like an unimportant, insignificant blip on such a planet. However, even when I feel insignificant, my friends and family constantly remind me that, somewhere, I have value. I mean something to people and they want me to have the best experience and life possible.