Moving away from home can be exciting, overwhelming, scary, and at times lonely. When I was 18, I moved three hours away from my hometown, my parents, grandparents, friends, and everything I had ever known. I cried for days after my parents and grandparents dropped me off at college. Over the past few years I have figured out a few things that help me from being so homesick.
Call Home (a lot). This may seem simple but talking to people at home, people who know everything about you will often make you feel less isolated. Call home everyday, twice a day if that's what it takes to make you feel more comfortable.
Make Your Living Space Comfortable. Whether you live with roommates, alone, in a dorm or apartment make it comfortable. Put up of pictures of your family and friends from home. If you can, spend the extra money to have decorations and furniture that you enjoy. Liking the place you live makes it feel more like home.
Stay Busy. Whether you are busy with school, work, new friends, or a hobby you will be distracted and less likely to feel homesick.
I have learned that even though moving away for school is heartbreaking at times, it is one of the best things I have every done for myself. If you are struggling with being homesick, just know that it will get easier. The place you are at will start to feel more like home.
How do you cope with being homesick? I'd love to know your tips.