For many students, moving away to university can be an exciting but anxious time and it’s not uncommon to feel lonely or homesick while being away from your family and friends at home.
Even though we’re out of lockdown and most university campuses have managed to return to life pre-2020, more and more unis are favouring the digital life and opting to run lectures online rather than in person.
With lectures being online, you may feel as though you have less of an opportunity to meet new people and make solid friendships, especially outside of student accommodation.
Luckily, thanks to modern technology you never have to feel truly alone. Thanks to social media it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with your family and friends at home.
Your phone can do a lot more than you think when it comes to helping you to reconnect, so we’ve come up with some fun ways that you may not have thought of to easily combat your loneliness.
Even better? You can get a student discount on the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S23 range, so you can save money and your social life this year.
1. Work out and challenge your friends
If you need that extra push to get a work out done or don’t enjoy exercising alone, the Samsung Health app has got that covered.
You can track your own personal goals and stats but you can also challenge your friends or family to walking challenges to see who can get the most steps throughout the week, or join global challenges with people across the world.
You’ll be able to add your friends and see their achievements too, which can be super motivating if you can’t bring yourself to get up and get your steps in.
Trust us, you’ll really see your competitive side come out once you’re using the “Together” feature in the app.
2. Gaming with your friends
There are loads of different consoles you could splash out on when it comes to gaming, but it’s even better when you can take it anywhere — you’ll always have your phone on you!
The Samsung Galaxy S23 range is great for gaming thanks to the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Processor for Galaxy, meaning you can easily play and stream with your friends all day long.
Plus, thanks to the adaptive outdoor visibility you can play anywhere without having to worry about getting an annoying glare on the screen and the Eye Comfort Shield will keep your eyes from getting tired, so you can play for as long as you’d like.
So, whether you prefer Fortnite, Minecraft, Super Mario Run or Among Us, there are plenty of fun games you can play with your friends and family even if you’re not physically with them.
3. Schedule time for video calls
Lockdown taught us that we don’t need to see our friends and family every single day, but we can still communicate with them effectively.
Let’s face it, as students, it can be easy to forget to call your parents or friends at home, especially if you’re caught up with a lot of deadlines and uni work, but your family will always want to hear from you.
All the phones in the new Samsung Galaxy S23 range have a 12MP selfie camera and a crystal clear display meaning it will honestly feel like your friends and family are in the room with you and they’ll think the same!
Plus, you’ll get an extra long battery life too so you’ll be able to chat on the go for hours without needing to worry about your phone dying.
So, if you’re feeling more lonely than usual, make sure you make time for those regular video chats, it will make you feel so much better.
4. Keep a digital diary
Social media is a great way to stay connected, but many people feel like apps like Instagram are losing their way and becoming over-saturated with ads or Influencers promoting unrealistic lifestyles.
In 2023, challenge yourself to reclaim your social media for yourself and don’t look at it as a way to follow the trends. You could create an account that’s just for close friends or family to share your realistic day-to-day life captured in photos to look back on, without worrying about likes or views.
In fact, turning off the like count and just posting is a great way to focus less on what other people think and more on creating a digital diary so your friends and family can see what you’re up to.
With the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, your everyday photos will be transformed into works of art thanks to the triple or quad rear cameras, combining wide-angle, ultra-wide angle and optical zoom camera lenses to take stunning photos, even of the most everyday moments. The 200MP wide angle camera on the Galaxy S23 Ultra is nearly double the resolution of the previous model, so you never have to worry about blurry photos while you’re out and about.
5. Customise your home screen
If you really miss your family at home, you can keep them even closer thanks to a cool new feature on the Samsung Galaxy S23 range. The new AI GIF remaster will allow you to enhance the resolution of all of your favourite GIFs waving goodbye to fuzzy pixels.
This means you can easily create high-quality GIFs from all of your favourite memories taken directly from videos that you’ve captured and set them as your phone background! So, you’ll be able to keep home even closer to you than usual.
Don’t forget to check out the new Samsung Galaxy S23 range and get a student discount, to help you stay in touch with your friends and family this year.