• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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8 680 miles away: Strategies for Keeping in touch with home

Staying connected with family and friends is very important especially if you are not able to go home as often (once a year or two?). The challenge for some international students is going home especially during the breaks when air fares are unreasonably high. However, in this digital era, home is just a skype call away and if internet connection isn’t as favorable or for other reasons, home is just one letter away.

Although college can keep one busy, very busy, one has to adapt and find ways to connect with family and friends back home. Here then, are some strategies that I use:

  1. Skype – A video call with friends and family ¬†can widen your smile in ways you can never imagine. The only problem might be finding a time that fits all (especially if there’s a major time difference) and you can resolve this by compromising, e.g picking a time over the weekend when you are supposed to be sleeping or doing whatever you do on weekends. Conversations extend to hours on skype ..beware!
  2. Whatsapp – This has been extremely helpful in that it’s cheap, easily accessible in many countries, requires less bandwidth strength than skype. Whatsapp allows you to send audio messages, make a free call, media files, and text messages. I use this everyday and it’s my preferred method of communication!
  3. Calling/Texting – Very expensive over international boarders but worth it — we do all we can to talk to family, don’t we? Also, the Office of International Programs helps with making the calls in case you can’t on your own!
  4. Facebook/Messenger – Another excellent way of communicating with audio, video, and text capabilities.. My second best after whatsapp.
  5. Email – My least favorite in getting in touch with home… but as long as I get in touch!

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