Words by Clark Adomaitis
Illustration by Katie Herchenroeder
Do you ever try to reconnect with friends, acquaintances, or lovers in the spring semester after the long, desolate month of January, but the conversations seem a bit awkward? If you have not hit each other up or sent memes in over a month, this is probable. Do not be discouraged; perhaps they still look back fondly on your memories from last semester too.
You should hit them up! Additionally, in the dead of the bleak winter, even the simplest of texts can uplift and revitalize spirits significantly. Letting your friends know you are thinking about them is one of the easiest and kindest acts that you can do right now. I know that after January, I am cold, lonely, and I have lost connections with all humans. How do I overcome this and reconnect with the meaningful people? Here are some tested and acclaimed ideas of how to slide into the DMs of whoever comes to mind.
“Hey, what classes are you taking?”
This classic, despite being cliché and overused, can still establish common ground between you and a past classmate. Perhaps you are the same major and will discover that they had that teacher, took that class before, or have a friend in that class. They may even have an old textbook they could lend you. However, this question may bore the receiver, for the question of classes can be a nagging one that their mother or father have been repeatedly asking for months – and now you seem like their mother or father.
“Have you ever eaten at Uncle Tony’s?”
This friendly question not only puts the idea of delicious pizza in one’s head but also sparks the idea of a possible hangout. This can be followed up with “Which slice is the best or worst there?”
Hey, do you like to play in the snow?
This one works best if it has recently snowed. Sending a message like this can enlighten you to an activity that you both enjoy – and does not require spending money.
“Oops I spilled soup all over my nice clean shirt ooooops”
This remark, while it seems confusing, can simply tell your friend what is currently going in your life. Perhaps they can relate to your incident with another soup-spilling story or by offering advice on how to handle the messy shirt. They can even offer advice on how to mentally cope with the fact that your shirt is now ruined.
“Hey, how do you know if you’re a pirate? You just Rrrrr.”
This seemingly stupid pun implies cleverness because you are hitting them up with the intention of keeping it playful and not starting a serious or boring conversation. It may even instigate a silent chortle or an “lol.”
“Hey, have you heard Vince Staples’ latest album?”
Vince Staples new album, “FM!” is an upbeat and fun listen full of party bangers. This contact also opens the opportunity for a group listen, or simply a discussion on good music. You will find out if they heard a great album. Bringing up a music conversation is easy, friendly banter because many people enjoy listening to music.
Similar ideas: “Sicko Mode or Mo Bamba?” or “Mo Bamba or La Bamba?”
“🐽” (pig nose emoji)
The pig nose emoji shows immediate love, respect, and understanding. This singular emoji is the most genuine and instinctual sign of respect and honor that you can send in text format. Introduced to the Apple keyboard in 2015, humans have been able to communicate one of the five essential senses to their friends. You are not only playful, but you love living life and you enjoy smelling smells. This also secretly implies good hygiene, because if you smell often, it is likely that your smells will be positive ones.