Five Ways for College Students to Stem Homesickness

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Final grades are in, graduation announcements have been sent, and prep for college has started! There’s so much to get ready for – and one of those things is homesickness. Not all students who move away for college become homesick, but it’s a common occurrence, and one you should prepare for whether you think you’ll be affected or not. Here are five ways college students can combat homesickness when away from home for the first time:

  • Stay busy. Sometimes, it seems easier to stay in your dorm room or apartment at the end of the day, or hide out there at lunch. But staying cooped up will only give you extra time to think about what you’re missing back home. Instead, fill your time with lots of new activities! Take this opportunity to redefine yourself by trying new things. There are plenty of clubs on campus. Get involved and fill up your calendar so you don’t have time to bemoan the fact you are not home.
  • Meet new people. One of the key reasons students get homesick is because they feel alone or like no one understands them. Change that by putting yourself out there and making new friends. It can definitely be a scary prospect, but students in college are usually open to new experiences and welcoming people who are new to their circle.
  • Surround yourself with comforts of home. No, you don’t want your dorm room to be just like your room at home, but it often helps to have a few reminders of home nearby. Create a collage of favorite photos for your desk or customized wall art with photos of your family and friends. It will create a sanctuary that feels like a second home when you’re feeling a little lost or lonely.
  • Arrange regular video chats with family and friends back home. Chatting on the phone is one thing, but nothing beats seeing the faces of loved ones. Set up regular chats via Google Hangout, Skype, or FaceTime so you can feel as close as possible to those you care about most.
  • Plan a visit. When you’re feeling homesick, sometimes it helps to have a date in the future when you’ll next see your friends and family. If you can, arrange a visit (either them coming to you or you going home for a weekend) partway through the semester. Then you have something to look forward to and the temporary separation will be easier.


Whether you’re excited about venturing off to college or not, homesickness is a very real phenomenon that can strike students when they least expect it. Prepare now by creating strategies in advance so you can tackle the issue head on should it come knocking at your door.


Author Bio: Heather Hewitt is a seasoned writer and guest author who enjoys connecting people with thoughtful products, services and ideas as they relate to crafting, photography, gift giving and personal expression.

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