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14 November 2010

Fighting the Homesickness Blues

Many people experience homesickness when they move away from home for college. Living in a new environment and experiencing new things can be exhilarating yet stressful at the same time. All this newness can be overwhelming, causing college students to want to return to a place where things are familiar and comfortable.

I had a very hard time adjusting to life at Cal during my freshmen year. It was difficult for me being at Berkeley facing new challenges in college while my whole support system was in Southern California. I missed my mom, sister, and high school friends so much, and I could not find people I connected with as much as them at Cal. But as time passed, I got more comfortable living in Berkeley and I found a new group of friends that became my new support system.

Here are some steps to help you fight the homesickness blues

1. You are not alone! Around 2/3 of college students feel homesick. Don't be embarrassed to talk about your feelings to your friends and family. You are going through a transitional period and it's normal to feel this way. It does not in any way mean that you are emotionally weak, only that you have a great relationship with your family and friends back home.

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