Families and friends can be both a blessing and a curse. Staying in touch with them once you've gone away to school is an effective way to fight the isolation you may be feeling, but it can be difficult to maintain the old connections when you're busy establishing new ones. And sometimes explaining why you're doing this to your family can be difficult, particularly if you're among the first in your community to set foot on this road. With personal essays and how-to articles, you'll find the guidance you need in this section.