For college students, leaving home and going to college brings a lot of new and exciting opportunities, along with challenges. This transition can also be stressful, and a time when college students might feel home sick, especially during the first few weeks of starting school.
The JED foundation, offers some helpful strategies to deal with feelings of homesickness:
- Bring something to college that gives you comfort and/or reminds you of home, such as pictures of friends and family or your favorite set of sheets.
- Get involved with campus organizations and activities. As these connections strengthen, feeling of loneliness will ease.
- Make a plan to stay connected with your existing support network. This contact can be in the form of phone/video calling, texting, and other ways of communicating with loved ones from home; including seeing them in person.
- Try to find a balance between keeping in touch with friends and family with time spent getting to know your new surroundings and new people. After the first few days or weeks it might be good to try to cut back on this a bit and to focus more on campus life and school.
- Don’t isolate: sign up for activities, meet people on your hall, find study groups for your classes, get involved in a religious group, or attend a club that you normally wouldn’t attend.
- Homesickness usually goes away after a few weeks, but if it doesn’t there are other resources available for you on campus to help you work through a difficult transition period.
In addition, it may be helpful to plan some time to visit friends/family a few weeks ahead and periodically during the semester. This may also give you something positive to look forward to.
What are some helpful campus resources?
- Your dorm resident advisor (RA) may be familiar with helping students with feelings of homesickness.
- Check out the OSU Welcome Week has many events to learn about student organizations, campus resources, the Columbus area, and much more.
- OSU student involvement fair has information on student organizations
- OSU Rec sports has options for fitness centers, sports clubs, outdoor activities, aquatics, and much more.
- OSU Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service
- OSU Student Wellness Center for wellness coaching and related services.
- OSU Wilce Student Health center
- OSU Wexner Medical Center offers relaxation skills
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Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative only. It is advised that you check with your own physician/mental health provider before implementing any changes. With this article, the author is not rendering medical advice, nor diagnosing, prescribing, or treating any condition, or injury; and therefore claims no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or injury caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented.