Since moving to Virginia, I have been truly awful at keeping in touch with my friends from back home. There just isn't enough time in the day to feed myself, let alone make phone calls or send personal emails. However, due to some apparent oversight in the FY schedule this week (guess someone in the administration missed the "Black November" memo, but more on that later), I have had the luxury of enough free time to spend quality time on the phone with friends from college, exchange emails with a friend from work, and see a friend from home this afternoon (totally impromptu!). Being able to catch up with these friends was exactly what I needed from a mental health perspective at this point in the semester. The new friends I've made at Darden are great, but sometimes nothing beats being able to talk to someone who has known you for 5+ years.
And now I'm off for a potluck with some new friends... :-)