We know what you're thinking. "College is finally here. I'm so ready to start an independent life. Why would I get homesick? Who has time for that?!"
OK, confident, independent new college student. Despite what you may think, homesickness is pretty normal for even the most composed college students. According to experts, most students get homesick at some point during their transition to college life.
So, if you happen to feel a little bit of the blues and start to miss home, take a deep breath and follow our guide to get through homesickness.
1. Don't go home
Whatever you do, don't go home. While going home might seem like the most logical thing to do when you start to feel a little homesick, it is actually one of the more detrimental things you could do. By going home you are enabling your homesickness, not trying to get through it. You'll never become more comfortable at school if you go home every weekend.
2. Call your family
In college, it's cool to call home and talk to your loved ones. Hearing their voices will comfort you, and they'll probably give you some advice for adjusting to college. Be warned, it might be hard to hear about regular family activities they are now doing without you, but remember – now you must make new routines for yourself.
3. Get out of your room
If you just go to class, go to the dining hall and then go back to your room, things won't get better. You won't make any new friends, and you won't form a connection to your university. This is going to be your home for the next four years, so join organizations that matter to you and meet people who will change your life.
4. Watch Netflix
OK, we know we just said not to stay in your room, but you also need some time for yourself. After a long, hard week of classes and socialization, sometimes you need to binge-watch Real Housewives to feel a little better about yourself.
5. Keep in touch with friends from home
It's important to form friendships with people at your university, but no one understands you like your childhood and high school pals. Reminisce with them and lean on them when you're missing home. If they're away at school, too, talking to them can help you realize that everyone gets a little homesick.
6. Know that everyone is in the same boat
It may seem like everyone is seamlessly adjusting to college, but some people are good at hiding their feelings. Strike up a conversation with your suitemate about being homesick. You might be surprised when they say they're feeling the same way.
Getting your heart pumping has infinite benefits. It keeps your immune system strong, prevents the Freshman 15 and also gives you energy. Many times feeling homesick gives you a lackluster feeling. Heading to the gym or running a mile will give you the confidence to tackle the world.
8. Remember, friendships take time
You're probably searching to instantly have the same bond with college friends that you had with friends from back home. Well, friendships take time. Think back. Did you and your high school bestie have that inseparable bond after two days? Probably not. Relationships of all kinds take time, so be patient and you'll find friendships that will last a lifetime.
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