Homesickness is a very common feeling that many students share during their college experience. Here are a few helpful hints to help your student.
1. Admit that you have it. Homesickness is nothing to be ashamed of and is a natural response to a new change in environment. Try talking to other people who have gone away from home to get their advice.
2. Remember that homesickness is a temporary feeling for most students. Give yourself time to adjust to your new surroundings. Explore! Get to know the campus and also the Tempe community.
3. Get involved. Making friends is a great way to alleviate homesickness and what better way to make friends than getting involved. Attend campus events, join a club, participate in intramural sports. Being involved is not only fun but it will also keep you busy, giving you less time to miss home.
4. Display familiar items. Go ahead decorate your room! Put up pictures of your family, friends, and pets from home, along with pictures of your new family and friends here at ASU. This creates a more comfortable environment, plus your room will look great!
5. Keep in touch with family and friends. Call or write home but avoid getting in the habits of going home every weekend or calling home excessively. How are you supposed to make friends on campus if you aren’t here? Instead, invite friends and family to come visit you. Family Weekend, October 12-14 is the perfect time to do just this!
6. Do something! Problems don’t just go away. Buried problems are likely to emerge later on. There are several people at ASU who want to help you. Talk to your professors, RA, or a counselor about the way you’re feeling. You can make an appointment at ASU’s Counseling and Consultation (C&C), at 480-965-6146. C&C counselors are available for phone consultations, scheduled sessions, and walk-in appointments. For emergencies after hours, please contact EMPACT at 480-921-1006.