Attending university and living away from home is a thrilling new adventure – but it can also be scary and lonely at times. If you find yourself dealing with bouts of home sickness, you are not alone. According to stats from HAP, a digital magazine dedicated to providing advice for balanced living, over 30 percent of college students experience low-level home sickness and about 69 percent of first-year college students experience severe home sickness.
The question is, how do you cope?
Talk About it
A problem shared is a problem halved, and you may find that many of your fellow students are feeling the same. Talking about missing home will not only help to alleviate those feelings, but it may also make it possible for you to forge healthy new friendships with likeminded people.
It’s easy to let depression set in if you’re spending all your time hiding out in your digz with Adele on full blast. Make an effort to get out and have some fun in between lectures and study sessions. Grabbing a quick drink with a friend or even a study date at a local coffee shop (there are so many brew-tastic coffee hot spots in Braamies!) is sure to help lift your spirits.
Chat to Your Loved Ones
We live in a time where there are so many amazing ways in which to communicate with loved ones, both near and far. Use this technology to your advantage and speak to your friends and family back home, as often as you like or need to.
Skype and WhatsApp video calls are particularly wonderful as they allow you to hear your family members’ voices and see their smiling faces. Sometimes this will be all that you need to get your mindset moving in a more positive direction.
If you just can’t seem to shake that terrible feeling of home sickness no matter how hard you try, attempt to shift your attention elsewhere. Remember why you are here at university in the first place. What are your long-term goals and how determined are you to achieve them? Remind yourself of your ultimate mission and continue working steadily towards it as hard as you can.
So, chin up! You will be seeing your friends and family again very soon. Carry on doing your best and you can be sure that they will all be very proud of your go-get-it attitude and hard work when you finally reunite!