How to Avoid Homesickness

November is just around the corner, and that means making plans to travel back home for Thanksgiving.  For some, such as the in-state students, this may just be another weekend trip home.  But, if you’re an out-of-state student, like yours truly, it may be the first time you have seen your family since August.  When I realized this, I was struck by a sense of homesickness.  This is totally normal.  For many, college is the first time they have been away from their families for such an extended duration.  I am no exception.  Luckily, there are lots of ways to overcome these feelings so that you may continue to have a great semester.  Here are the top three that helped me most!

 

Take time to call home.

This may seem like an obvious point to make, but sometimes a phone call can make all the difference.  Talking to my mom or dad after a busy day full of classes, homework, and clubs can be just the thing I need to ground myself and stay focused.  Remember, your parents miss you as much as you miss them.  They will appreciate feeling like they are a part of your experience.  

 

Get active!

With the colder, drearier weather coming up fast, it can be easy to choose staying under the covers and watching Netflix over getting up and burning off some energy.  Whether you decide to go to your campus’ gym, or attend a fitness class, it is a proven fact that exercise puts people in a better mood.  I promise you, channeling you homesick feelings into something positive, like getting active, has many benefits.  You won’t regret it!

 

Explore.

If you haven’t already, gather a few friends and get to know New Brunswick- your home away from home!  There are many interesting things to see and do downtown.  Not only will exploring with friends create some great memories, but it will also help you feel more comfortable here.  Get your mind off of stress and browse some of the shops, try out the local restaurants, and discover something new!  

Being in a new place far from the comforts of home can be intimidating and daunting; but don’t let your homesickness keep you from enjoying everything that Rutgers has to offer.  There is always something to see, learn, and do.  You’re not alone.  There are plenty of others who feel the same way.  Consider the tips above to help you hold out until Thanksgiving Break.  Whether you follow them exactly or get ideas of your own, the important thing is to keep a positive mindset!