When I left for freshman year of college, my parents were crying…hard. They cried and cried while I just waved goodbye. I was so excited to embark on this new journey that I really didn’t think that I could ever miss home. In my mind, I wondered who could possibly miss following tons of rules and having to answer to parents at all times?
Well, that wears off after a bit.
If you start feeling homesick or miss your friends (or for me, my dog!), don’t stress! There are tons of ways to beat that feeling and to continue making the most of your freshman year.
Get Out: Yes get out of bed, get out of your room, go meet people! Most dorm rooms have common areas, so go watch TV down there, play pool, or just hang out with new people! Sitting in your room sulking won’t help you feel better.
Social Network: In the world of Facebook and Twitter, you can always remain connected to the people you love. Personally, I’m a bit addicted to Facbeook, especially since it’s on my cell phone. This is a great way of keeping in touch with your friends UNLESS you spend 24/7 on it instead of making new friends. Everything in moderation.
Skype: Video chatting, enough said.
Write Letters: I know it sounds corny but my friend and I were “pen pals” while we were both away at school. It felt awesome to get a hand written letter about her week instead of a million text messages. It was really personalized instead of generic and meaningless.
Get Involved: Find some kind of organization that interests you or that is important to your major. I joined Psych Club because I’m a psych major. It’s a great resume builder and a good resources for classwork, homework, and friends. Staying busy will help keep you focused on the future instead of all the things you miss from hom.
The overall theme here… get out of your comfort zone and make the best out of your situation! College offers so many new opportunities…you don’t want to miss out just because you’d rather gaze at a picture of your cat for hours on end.
So, the next question is…what if you’re reading this and you’re already an upperclassmen? Do you have any ideas that may help our incoming freshman? Post them in the comments below!
Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata