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By: Bobbie Slocumb
Are you feeling lonely? Left out? Are you missing your family or old group of friends? DENIAL is no longer a river in Egypt. What you may not realize is those feelings of anxiety and loneliness are normal reactions to being away from a familiar environment.
My Experience with Homesickness
I consider myself a fairly strong individual. I am a senior at Georgia Southern and I still, get homesick. I often endure two kinds of homesickness. One kind of homesickness happens when I travel to my first home, Queens, New York. Its most difficult when I'm actually in New York. Very rarely do I travel to there but when I do, I'm flooded with all kinds of memories. When I see the handball courts across the street from my grandma's house where I flirted with my first love or where I had my first kiss, it never fails, and emotions take over.
The second kind of homesickness I feel happens when I come back to school after summer recess at home in Atlanta. I love living there because of the new memories I have made in my adulthood. I always get emotional when my family brings me back to college. However, throughout my college career, my homesickness has gotten much easier, with my special teddy bear, George and dozen photo albums. Then, there was my grand realization that I will probably live in several cities at several places. My home is wherever my mother and brother are.
When you are separated from your family, friends, people, things that you have known for most, if not all of your life, it can be stressful. All of the adults in our lives (i.e., parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents) say that going to college is an exciting adventure and that we will get over feeling homesick. Maybe they have forgotten what it was like to leave home for the first time. Yes, it is exciting but it's also scary and sometimes nerve-racking.
Some Things to Know about Homesickness
Homesickness is not a weakness. It's a reflection of adjustment. Here are some helpful tips on keeping the horrible homesickness beast in his lair.
I guarantee that if you try at least two or three of these tips, you can and will get through your homesickness. Believe it or not, homesickness doesn't last forever. Getting over it is quite doable. If I did, you can as well.
If your homesickness becomes a burden for you, feel free to contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 402-280-2733.