While coming to college is an amazing new adventure, you may find yourself missing the comforts of home as well as loved ones. You might feel a little lonely, sad, or stressed; those feelings of homesickness are completely normal. It is important to acknowledge these emotions and try to find things that will help you cope with being homesick and make your time here at Eastern great.
Tips to aid your homesickness:
- Keep busy
A busy schedule will keep your mind distracted. Playing an intramural sport, joining a club, or participating in Greek life are some great ways to keep you busy and meet new people!
- Know you’re not alone
Everyone at college feels a degree of homesickness at one point or another. Talking to other students can be really beneficial and provide you with a strong support system. Another thing you can do is go to CAPS and discuss with them how you are feeling; simply talking about it can be helpful.
- Set dates to go home
It is common for students, whose family is in driving distance, to want to get in their car and drive home when feeling overly homesick or stressed out. This can instead lead to more feelings of homesickness when you return and it will not allow you to create a stable foundation here at school. Instead, set specific dates, long in advance, where you will be able to visit home again. This will allow those foundations to form, but it was also provide you with something to look forward to, a light at the end of the tunnel when those feelings of homesickness don’t seem to go away.
- Get out and meet people
Make conversation with the people in your residence halls or go to events in your hall and around campus to allow yourself opportunities to meet new people. Building relationships with people can create a sense of family on campus and increase your satisfaction here at school.
- Bring home to school
Students tend to feel more at ease when surrounded by things from home. Bringing pictures of loved ones and pets work as great reminders of home. Even bringing little things like a blanket from your bed or your favorite thing in your room back home can make your new space feel more familiar.
Just remember everyone can get homesick and it does get better with time. Allow yourself to get out there, meet new people, and experience all the great things Eastern has to offer!