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Personal Counseling > Homsickness


Many students coming to college, and maybe leaving home for the first time, feel homesick. Even those who didn't ever expect to be hit by homesickness can suddenly find themselves missing the familiarity of home and friends, and don't know quite how to cope with the resulting emotions. This is entirely normal and passes, usually in the first semester, and often within the first few weeks.


It is important to realize that you are not the only one feeling homesick and that it doesn't in any way mean you are inadequate. Suddenly, you find that instead of being a central person in a small unit with plenty of peripheral activities and friends, you have become an anonymous member of a community where you know no one. Understandably you feel shaken and lonely and you long for the secure and the familiar. Sometimes the emotions are completely overwhelming. When you recognize the signs of homesickness (see below), take steps to deal with it before being overwhelmed.


Signs of Homesickness


  • Self-preoccupation

  • Negative attitudes

  • A tendency to make critical statements of others

  • Lack of self-motivation.

  • Disinterest in activities of others.

  • A feeling of emptiness and being very much alone.

  • Feeling worthless, helpless, powerless, unacceptable, self-absorbed.

  • Feeling bored, self-pitying, sad, and sometimes depressed.

  • Feeling nervous and disoriented.

  • Dissatisfaction with social or family relationships.
  • A tendency to be self-critical.

  • An inability to create or maintain interpersonal relationships.

  • Lack of direction.

  • Lethargy.

  • A feeling that your intimate needs are not being met or, if they are, they seem unsatisfying.

  • Feeling separated from other people.

  • Low self-esteem and the feeling that there is no one with whom you can communicate openly, honestly, and intimately.

  • Over-reacting to everyday events that you would generally take in your stride.


Coping with Homesickness



Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor




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