TIPS FOR MANAGING HOMESICKNESS
Are you feeling homesick? If so, you are not alone! While many students look forward to the freedom and independence of college, it’s not uncommon for feelings of homesickness to arise. Surrounded by newness and unfamiliarity, you may crave the familiarity and comfort of home, your long-time support system, and loving pets. You also may long for home after experiencing some form of rejection, anxiety, or uncertainty. You might feel distressed when you cannot physically go home the moment you wish.
Homesickness is a normal, natural process when adjusting to college. Remind yourself that these experiences are typical when acclimating to a new environment in general, especially when your surroundings and/or the culture are much different from home. People vary in their ability to adapt to change and transition, so be mindful not to compare your experience to those of others. Whether you’re a first-year student or simply adjusting back to campus after a break, show yourself compassion and patience as you navigate these changes.
Feelings of homesickness will generally begin to decrease after a few weeks. If your feelings persist or worsen, consider reaching out to the Counseling Center to help explore and process your emotions. The Counseling Center is here for you as you transition to make Lafayette your home away from home!
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