College is supposed to be the best time of your life. But what if homesickness is ruining it? I suffered with homesickness during my first year of college and thankfully discovered effective ways to handle it. Follow my tips and you’ll be over your homesickness in no time.
If you’re feeling blue, it’s all too easy to sit in your dorm room and watch TV. While you’re experiencing homesickness and sadness, you likely just feel like staying in bed.
Even if you just go to the library, it is very important to get out of your dorm room. Remaining in your dorm is only going to exacerbate your sadness. So, get up and get out of that depressingly small room and begin venturing into your new world.
Join a Club
College campuses are full of clubs and organizations of all types. Whether you have a passion for community service, or would be interested in playing club soccer, there will surely be a group on campus that shares your interests.
Marching band was my saving grace in college. It kept me so busy that I didn’t have time to think about missing home. Find a group that interests you, and join up. You’ll be making friends and having fun before you know it.
Remember in high school how you didn’t have to read your school textbooks to understand the material? It’s not like that in college. Making good grades in college will require more effort than you’ve ever had to put forth before.
Use your studies as a distraction from homesickness. You’ll make yourself feel better and your GPA will improve as an added bonus.
When you’re homesick, a visit from your parents or old friends sounds like the best thing in the world. You’re going to have to discourage those visits, though. I know it’s hard, but if your parents and/or high school friends are visiting each weekend, letting them go will become even harder.
CNN reports that homesick college students should contact their parents no more than once per week. This gives the student space and allows new friendships and independence to develop.
Most colleges have mental health services available at campus health centers. If you’re really down, there’s no shame at all in seeing a counselor to discuss your problems. Counselors can help you develop the skills you need to overcome homesickness and enjoy your time at college.