No matter how large or small the distance that separates you and your family, freshman year of college will always be a tough transition. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed in a new place, but here are some tips for beating the homesickness:
Go somewhere, do something. Anything. Don’t mope and wallow in your room alone looking at pictures. Go out and make new memories! Make friends and get involved in your new setting.
Lean on God
Spend some time in prayer or singing your favorite worship songs to remind yourself that your Heavenly Father is always near, no matter where you are. Lean on Him and His immeasurable strength and love.
Take a drive
Get in your car, get on a bus, do whatever you need to do to clear your head. Stop dwelling on where you could be and embrace your current location.
A trap that many students seem to fall into is wishing they were at home when they’re at school, and wishing they were at school when they go home. Stay in the moment! Enjoy life where you are right now.
You will ultimately regret the time you spent letting your past get in the way of your future. I promise, you will see your family again and it will be great, but in the meantime surround yourself with caring people and make a new home for yourself.
How did you overcome homesickness when you came to college or left home for the first time? Let me know in the comments!