Going to university felt exactly like that time when my family and I had to move to a new city when I was little. New home, new people, new school…it is a roller coaster ride continuously moving round the loop, except I had my family then to help out with the madness that moving to a new place is. University is a significant change and you are bound to feel large bouts of homesickness kicking in every once in a while, especially during the first few weeks as a fresher. And if you have come far away from home, the feeling can intensify. However, there are ways to combat homesickness and I am going to give you a few, very handy tips that personally worked for me.
a) Get out of your room!
I know. This can be difficult. You’d rather just sit on your bed and watch a movie to distract yourself. But force yourself to get out there and talk to people, tour your campus, get to know your flatmates, attend a few freshers’ events. Anything to distract yourself! Sitting alone in your room will only exaggerate the homesickness. Making a friend always helps because believe it or not, everyone is going through what you are.
b) Get yourself involved
You only go to university for the first time once. Make the most of this opportunity. There are so many things to get yourself involved in. You could join societies, clubs, volunteer, work part-time on-campus or off-campus, play sports, travel, take part in events and competitions…the options are endless. It is a great way to fill up those blank spaces on your timetable, meet new people and expand your experiences. Looks great on your CV too!
c) Create your home away from home
Your little dorm room is going to be your home for the next 3-4 years. Decorate it with posters, stuffed toys and fairy lights. Put up a few photographs of family and friends from back home so you feel closer to them. There is nothing that fluffy pillows cannot solve. Fill your bed with them and make your space cozy and comfortable. Perhaps get your old bedding to make it look just like your room from back home! I have an entire blog post dedicated to decorating your dorm room that you can read here.
d) Talk about it
Keeping your feelings bottled up inside never helps. Keep in touch with your family and friends from back home. If you feel like crying it out, do it. You will feel a lot better, trust me. Visit them when and if you can. Also, encourage them to visit you sometimes if possible and see you in your new setting. If talking to your family and friends is not helping, the university offers student support services that you can make use of. Nightline Leicester is a service for students run by the students. It offers students a space to comfortably talk about anything that is occupying their mind without any hesitation!
I hope these were helpful. Don’t worry. You’ll be just fine. Homesickness is a natural feeling and it is absolutely alright to go through it. If you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comment section below!
Peace out! 🙂