Being homesick at University is perfectly normal. You’d be surprised at how many people miss home – despite what they may be exhibiting on the outside. The transition from living at home to University is a big one, and for International students, moving to a new country with a different culture presents a huge adjustment. In this article, we take a look at some of the ways of coping with homesickness at University. Remember to browse around our Advice page for more helpful articles.
Meet New People
It can be easy to stay in your room when you are feeling down, and keep yourself to yourself. However, try and go out. The best way to adjust to your new surroundings is venturing around, you will be sure to meet new people – whether from your hall, the wider University community, or even people from your town! By meeting new people, they can help be your ‘University family’.
However we aren’t suggesting that you should cut off all ties from your family! Bringing pictures will help you be reminded of them, but not too much! Pictures show that you’re family are always with you.
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Share Your Problems
‘A problem shared is a problem halved’, so the saying goes. Make sure you don’t bottle up your feelings, as this will only make you feel worse. Find someone you like and trust, and that you find easy to talk too. Share your problems with them, the chances are they will be feeling the same anyway! Letting out your problems always help! If you can’t find anyone, then…
Join Your National/Regional Society
Many University’s have societies dedicated to a country. If your country doesn’t have their own society, consider joining a regional society. E.g. Students from Nigeria may not have a Nigerian society, but they could join the African society! Here, you will meet like-minded students. They will be in the same boat as you. Seeing people from your home country will help with the adjustment phase too.
Hold in There!
It will all be okay! Don’t be hard on yourself, and give yourself plenty of time to adjust. Remember everyone feels homesick! Soon enough you’ll settle down and embrace your new surroundings! Keep going!