Dealing with Home Sickness

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Dealing with Home Sickness

I was raised in a very close-knit family. As a result, leaving home for college was a pretty tough decision to make. The summer before my freshman year at Stanford, I remember worrying about all of the regular concerns like whether I would fit in with the other students and whether I could keep up with the new workload. In addition to that, I also found myself worrying about whether or not I would actually be happy away from my family. I was determined not to get home sick and there were a couple of things I did to prevent this.

The best piece of advice I have to keep yourself from getting homesick is to just call, text, or video chat with your family every once in a while. If you're old school, you could even consider writing letters! In this age of technology, there are countless ways to keep in touch with your loved ones. During my first quarter in college, I actually video chatted my parents every night for the first couple of weeks. I told them about everything that was going on in my life and they kept me up to date on everything going on at home. Those thirty minutes each night really made me feel less overwhelmed with all the changes going on in my life and made leaving home a little less worrisome.

Another way I kept from getting homesick was by going out to eat at Vietnamese restaurants every once in a while. In my family, food was always what brought everyone together and every great memory I have of my sisters and parents involved delicious Vietnamese food. I found that eating at these restaurants brought back fond memories and definitely helped to keep my spirits up.

The last approach I had to combating homesickness was to simply find support in the students that I became friends with. Receiving support from other people who were going through the same thing as I was definitely worked wonders for my outlook on leaving home. My friends became a sort of second family to me and I remember spending a lot of time talking with them just as I used to do with my siblings.

Ultimately, the best way to deal with homesickness is to try and make a home for yourself away from home. Keep in touch with your family, supply yourself with things that remind you of home (in my case, this was Vietnamese food), and make friends that you can rely on in this new chapter of your life.