Adjusting to living on your own after you’ve lived at home your entire life isn’t the easiest transition to make. While I didn’t find ever myself feeling homesick, I had several friends who struggled with it.
I think it’s extremely important to make college feel like home, because if you don’t, you’ll constantly want to go home. There are several different aspects that go into this process, but here are a few tips that will make things a whole lot easier.
- Make friends with the people on your dorm floor. These people are essentially your new family members – you’re with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s important to build valuable relationships with your floor mates because whether you like it or not, they’re bound to see you at your best and your worst. Not only that, but they’re going through the same experience as you – they need you just as much as you need them!
- Decorate your living space. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into a friend’s room that’s surrounded by plain white walls – yikes! Adding photos, posters, flags, etc. to your room will make it feel more home-y. Also, it’ll make it feel less like you’re living in a jail cell… Come on, who would ever want that?
- Stay connected with your friends from home, but don’t cling to them. There’s nothing worse than the people who can’t move on from high school. You’re given the opportunity to meet so many new people – take advantage of it! Your old friendships are important to maintain, but give each other some room to breathe and grow as individuals.
- Ask your family members to send you care packages. You won’t look lame, I promise. A little piece of home every now and then is good for you! Whether the package contains your mom’s fresh baked cookies or one of your stuffed animals from home, you’ll feel at ease opening a package from your family.
- Get involved in organizations on campus. This is one of the best ways to meet people and potentially try something new! Getting involved will keep you busy and help make campus feel smaller. Organizations tend to plan various events for their members, which of course you would have to be at school to attend. People who are more involved tend to go home less than people who aren’t.
College is what you make of it. If you’ve picked the right college, you may never want to go home, but keep in mind that everyone is different and therefore adjusts to change differently.
If you do get homesick just remember – you’re not alone! Surrounding yourself with good friends will make the transitioning process easier.