Mental Health

Homesick While at College? You’re Not Alone

October 14, 2015

Homesick While at College? You’re Not Alone

You have been busy experiencing the first weeks of college life.  You have left behind familiar faces, routines, and places and are facing the realization that family life continues while you are away at college.

Is missing home making it difficult for you to enjoy college life?  If so, you’re not alone.
Studies have shown that over 65 percent of college freshmen experience feelings of homesickness.

The cure for homesickness is not to go home every chance you get.  There’s nothing wrong with visiting home once in a while, talking or visiting with a high school friend or going back for hometown celebrations.  The key is moderation.  You want to focus your energy on building a fulfilling, successful college experience.

Here are some useful tips to remember:

  • Be patient; give yourself time to adjust to your new environment.
  • Decorate your room with photos of family, friends, and places from home.
  • Learn about campus clubs, activities, and events. Try one. Participating in campus events will help you feel more connected to your new college home.
  • Remind yourself that it is okay to feel sad and homesick. It’s also okay to enjoy yourself and doing so isn’t being disloyal to those you miss back home.
  • Invite a roommate or classmate to join you for a meal.
  • Be realistic about scheduling. Establish a balance between work and fun, so you stay on top of academics and have time for new friends and activities.
  • Talk to someone you trust on campus about how you’re feeling.  Consider visiting your school’s Residence Life staff, faculty or academic advisors, talk with a spiritual leader or utilize a college counseling assistance program.
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