4 Ways to Cope with Homesickness

by Yasmine Sayid

College is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, full of new people, new information and new experiences. For many, this is the first time we are away from the safe haven of our hometown and the creeping thoughts of homesickness start to creep in. Meeting new people, increasing workload, and F.O.M.O. can all make you want to just crawl into your bed.

However, you can’t hide in your dorm wishing to click your heels three times and fly home like Dorothy. I’ve found that there are some ways to start to make your new college home feel more like a real home. 

Start creating your space.

College is a time to be true to yourself and express the things you enjoy, so make your dorm your space! Walk around your town and bring some tchotchkes from home like pictures, lights and fun mementos can all help you feel more relaxed in your new zone. 

Get Involved & get out of your head!

A great way to socialize and scope out what your interests might be (and what your school has to offer), go to the general interest meetings for clubs! It’s great to know that you’re becoming apart of your community. It’s important to not compare your college experience to others, as no one’s experience will be the same. Sometimes being on social media and on your phone can prohibit you from making new friends and absorbing your new environment. 

Create a sense of normalcy

Creating a sense of normalcy takes a little while but eventually, it will keep you balanced and stable in a new world. Whether it’s waking up at the same time and going to the gym, creating a study plan or going to the dining hall at your favorite time of day, it can keep healthy habits in practice while the rest of the world around you is a crazy college life. 

Learn to be alone

As much as humans are social creatures, it’s important to learn how to be alone. As someone who was always with people at home coming to college is a big change as everyone is in their own world and on their own schedule. Everyone is studying something different and each outcome requires students to trust their individual journey. 


A version of this originally appeared in “Comfort” The Teller November 2019 Issue #8

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