Hey everyone! Recently the homesickness has really settled in for me. While I love campus, I have been missing my old coffee shop, my parents, and not having to shower with shoes on. 🙂 I have found a few tips and tricks that have worked for me to help adjust to campus living and curb the homesickness.
1.Call Your Parents, Dang It
I know, I know. You are probably sick of them asking you if you’re eating or if you’ve cleaned your sheets (“yes mommmm”), but they miss you too! Even if it’s a quick 5 minute conversation while walking to class or a skype call while you’re folding your laundry, hearing each other’s voices will do you both some good. Plus, getting to hear about what’s going on at home will make you feel way more connected. Plus, if you have a cute dog you get some quality screentime with them!
2. Find Something on Campus That Reminds You of Home
This one may seem odd, but something that really helped me feel more at home on campus is finding something on campus that reminds me of home. Whether this be a coffee shop that serves lattes that are just like home or a cozy study spot that feels like a place in your old neighborhood, the familiarity will make that foreignness of campus a little less awful. For me, my small town manufactures manhole covers (weird, I know) but every time I see my home town’s name while walking to class I can’t help but smile.
3. Make Your Dorm Like Home!
No, I’m not recommending you to clutter up your space like your kid brother does or paint your walls barbie pink. Now that my room finally feels like my space, I actually enjoy coming home to my dorm room every night. I hung up an obscene amount of fairy lights, put cozy blankets everywhere, and put up pictures of my family and friends. These little changes were just enough to make the space feel super welcoming and mine. For a quick personalization of the bland dorm walls, try printing out some pictures of your friends and family or print off some of your favorite inspirational quotes from Pinterest. When my walls are filled, it feels less like a jail cell, lol.
4. Find Your “College Family”
This may seem super cliche, but finding a group of people on campus who you consider your “college family” will really help make college feel more like home. The perks of living on a big campus is having so many options for friends. They may not be the first person you meet, but finding people with the same interests as you will make you not want to leave campus. Luckily for me, I found my group of people who love having movie nights, keep dominos pizza on speed dial, stay up all night playing video games, and honestly care about my wellbeing as a person. Having this group of friends who I can eat in the dining hall with or cry over homework with makes the transition to college a lot more bearable.
5. Allow Yourself To Feel Sad!
This may seem a little silly, but allowing yourself to have time to miss home is a good thing! You don’t always need to be busy, happy, and productive at college! Taking a night to throw on your favorite high school tshirt and looking scrolling your instagram is OKAY! At the end of the day, transitioning to college is BIG leap, and everyone’s homesickness is going to catch up with them eventually (mine hit when I got a cold…Why can’t my mom send her chicken noodle soup via mail!?), and thats A-okay! Just let yourself feel your feelings and eventually the heartache will lessen. I promise!
That’s all for now!
Are there any good tips you’ve found help cure your homesickness? Comment them down below!