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Three MORE Ideas to Help Beat College Homesickness

October 2nd, 2007 Jamie

A couple posts ago I gave you some tips about how to get through homesickness in college. I hope they’re helping you, and today I have a few more ways you can give yourself a happiness boost when you’re feeling lonely.

  1. Hang Around on Weekends
    You might be wondering how not going home can help you get over homesickness, but it really can make a difference. Most of the major socializing in college goes on over the weekend, so by going home to visit you miss out on hanging out with people you meet on campus during the week. I had a really hard time being away from home, so I made myself a promise not to go home until Thanksgiving—it gave me time to adjust to being away from Mom & Dad, and helped get me motivated to meet new people so I would have something to do on the weekend.
  2. Ask for (or Send!) a Care Package
    If there is something you really miss from home—Mom’s chocolate chip cookies, your vintage Converse, or a blanket your best friend made you—ask someone to send it out to you. Why would I suggest sending care packages yourself? My mom sent me a box every finals week, and quite a few in between, so one time I returned the favor and sent her one—she loved it. Working to make someone else happy is one of the very best ways to make yourself feel better. It helps you focus on something other than feeling sad, and it can be pretty fun getting creative enough to put together a box on a college budget.
  3. Invite Someone from Home to Visit
    This one is a double-whammy. Inviting someone to visit not only gets you some quality time with someone you miss from home—a boyfriend/girlfriend, relative, or friend—but also helps you get excited about sharing your new life with them. Spend some time thinking about the cool things you want to show them–like your dorm room, the best place to get Mexican food at 2 a.m., some weird sculpture in the art department, or the best view in the city.

Have more suggestions? I’d love to hear them! Email me at questions@survivingcollegelife.com with your suggestions or questions, or leave a comment below!

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  • 1. Lindy  |  November 14th, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I think these are great ways to cope with homesickness! Most freshmen meet each other through activities on the weekend, so going home on the weekends is not a good idea. I think it’s also important to communicate with your parents and friends through AIM and email. Communication is key to transitioning from high school days to college!

  • 2. Surviving College Life &r&hellip  |  September 29th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    […] getting outside of myself and helping other people help me beat homesickness? […]

  • 3. Meat_is_murder  |  October 20th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    I really enjoyed your tips on surviving homesickness… they are really relevant and true! They remind me of a post i wrote a while ago on the same subject. I also mentioned that it’s better to stay at varsity instead of coming home all the time. If you go home constantly, you really miss out on some of the best experiences, and lose the chance to meet and bond with new people. It’s tough, but you can survive it. It really does get better.

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