College - Beating Homesickness
In this article we're going to discuss how a kid can conquer the
inevitable homesickness that hits him once he begins his life on
It's the dream of every kid. Go to college and live on campus.
The chance to get away from Mom and Dad. No more, "Do your
chores," "Eat your veggies," and all the other things that come
with living at home. Then the kid finally leaves, sets up
housekeeping and then...BAM! He's calling home to Mommy because
he's homesick. Happens to everyone. Fortunately, there are some
things you can do as a student to keep from wanting to run back
home to your parents.
For starters, get involved! There are plenty of school
activities you can do. Most colleges have fraternities and other
social groups that are the core of on campus life. Just look at
the campus calendar or newspaper and you're bound to find a ton
of things covering a number of interests. Go to a concert.
Attend a sporting event. Just don't sit around in your dorm
Outside of campus activities, there are also those things that
you yourself enjoy doing. Got a hobby? Bring it with you to the
campus. Maybe it's even something that your roommate and you can
share together. Bring some books if you like to read. That's
always a great way to kill time, especially if you're reading
something like "Lord Of The Rings".
Another thing that will keep you busy and also be quite
beneficial is to get organized. Don't just let your college
experience happen. Plan as many things as you can. Keep a
datebook. Make sure you keep track of all homework assignments,
tests and papers that are due and when. The last thing you want
is to walk into class and realize that you had a test scheduled
for that day and you forgot all about it. Don't trust your
Make friends and make time to go out with them. Most campuses
have local ice cream shops or other retail places where you can
hang out and have a good time. Making friends will also make you
realize that these kids are going through the same things that
you're going through and they probably miss their parents as
Need something else to keep your mind off your problems?
Volunteer. There has to be a student who could use some help
with a tough course. Maybe they have a local radio station or
some other activity you can volunteer your time to. Nobody will
turn down help if you offer it for free.
And of course the number one thing on your list is to keep in
touch with your family. All of a sudden, that little sister who
used to drive you crazy isn't such a terrible person any more.
Give her and your parents a call or write them a long letter.
Let them know what you're doing at school and how things are
going. If you miss them, tell them you do.
This is a great time to realize just how much you really love
your family and at the same time embark on a part of your life
that you'll look back on someday with a great big smile.