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So, you’re starting to feel homesick, or maybe you have since move-in. Adjusting to college is hard, this is how you can start to make it easier.


1. Pictures

This might seem obvious, but I found it really helpful to take the time to print out photos of my friends and family. Rather than trying to print them on your own, you can send them to Shutterfly or Walgreens and have them printed out nicely. You can also find a cute way to display them! I used a cork board my freshman year, and I also had a glitter picture frame. Having a family photo, or picture from home as the lock screen for your phone can also be really helpful.

2. Music

The first week of freshman year was really hard, I just wanted to go home. I spent a lot of time listening to music I didn’t even know I liked, music my dad used to play. Even just listening to any music at all helped me to not feel so alone.

3. Facetime

Find time to stay in touch with those back home. Between school and clubs I had suddenly gotten so busy, but I found that setting up a time to facetime with my family was really helpful. My dad and I made it a point to talk at a certain time, and having that routine was really helpful.

4. School resources

On-Campus resources can be a lifesaver. Take advantage of the resources the school might be offering. Are there events for out of state students that you might be interested in going to? It will help to not only meet more people, and male friends, but also to meet people who know how you’re feeling.

5. Ask for help

Lastly, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. It’s ok to be struggling, and it’s ok to want to leave and go home. Ask for help, and there are always other students who feel the same way, and will be willing to lend you support.

It’s okay to feel homesick, lonely, and even a little upset. The college transition is hard. It will pass, but if it feels like it won’t, reach out to a parent or trusted adult. It doesn’t matter if you go to school an hour from home or in a different country, navigating through a new situation is difficult, but this isn’t permanent. Print some pictures, call your mom, remind yourself that it will get better.

Shannon is a junior majoring in political science at Loyola University Chicago. She loves working out, cooking, and exploring the city.
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