- Allow yourself to feel homesick. You may not want to admit how much you are missing home. Remember that homesickness is not a sign of weakness or immaturity; it is a completely normal feeling for students who have left home for the first time and changed their lives in a drastic way. If you feel homesick, give yourself a break and understand that your feelings are normal.
- Keep busy. Get involved on campus. There are so many student organizations to choose from that you are sure the find one that interests you. Get a good jump on all of your classes and don't be afraid to go to events and meetings on campus. The busier you are, the less time you can devote to missing home.
- Make friends. The first couple of weeks at school can be very lonely if you don't know anyone. Make an effort to meet as many people as possible. Get some people in your dorm together and go to an event on campus. Most of your fellow freshmen are feeling the same way you are and are hoping someone will invite them to hang out.
- Get off to a good start with your roommate. No one says that you have to be best friends with your roommate; however, having peace where you live will make the transition from home life to college life so much easier. Good communication and mutual respect will go a long way with your roommate.
- Moderate communication with your family. It is important to call home and let your family know how you are doing, but try not to call home too much. Remember, the transition from home to college will be difficult for your family as well and they will want to know how you are doing, but too much contact can make you miss home even more. Making a visit home can help ease your homesickness, but too many trips home can make it difficult for you to transition to your new life.
- Talk to your peer advisor. Every floor in the residence hall and freshmen apartments have a student in charge who can help you get adjusted to college life. Stop by and talk to them if you need to get something off your chest.
- Go to the Counseling Center. If homesickness persists, the Student Counseling Center can help you cope with this difficult transition. Remember, homesickness is very common among college students and the Counseling Center will know how to help.
Student Counseling Center
- Decorate your room. Make your room a place that is relaxing and a place you want to be. You don't want to live in a blank, empty room for a year. Also, decorating your room can be a fun activity for you and your roommate to do together and a great way to get to know each other better.
- Avoid rash decisions. Don't make major decisions when you are feeling sad and/or depressed. This is not the time to drop out of school or transfer to another school. Wait until you are feeling better before you make life changing decisions. A counselor will be able to help you sort through your feelings and come up with a rational decision that is right for you.
- Give it some time. It may take a semester or two before you stop feeling homesick. It takes time to adjust to major life changes. The good news is that you are not alone. There are many services on campus available to make you transition into college life as easy as possible.