Survival Tips for Homesickness

  • Set your room up with something familiar from home
  • Make an effort to talk to someone new
  • Try to leave your door open sometimes when you are sitting in your room; someone might pass by and say 'hello'
  • Get into activities which build up a storehouse of good new memories for you
  • Talk to someone else about how you feel - any new student will probably feel much the same as you do
  • Invite a friend from home to visit, sharing with them aspects of your new life at college eases the transition
  • Respond to the invitations of others to places or events where you will meet more people
  • It is hard to let go of home, but calling home too often in the first few weeks may prolong homesickness for you
  • Recognize that this is a grief experience. Have a good cry; it is nothing to be ashamed of, when you're really feeling down
  • Jot down thoughts, experiences, and dreams in a journal, and try to make some sense out of the different pieces
  • Be kind to yourself - it is okay to miss home and perfectly normal. After all, you have spent most of your life there until now, so tears can be cleansing
  • You can get help to work out creative ways of dealing with homesickness from the counselors in Counseling & Psychological Services

For more information or an appointment, call Counseling & Psychological Services
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2146

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