Coping With Homesickness
Homesickness is one of the most common adjustment problems experienced by students, particularly new students, who are moving away from home for the first time.
Those who experience homesickness might notice an increase in depressed feelings, anxiety, obsessive thoughts and minor physical ailments. Homesickness can often be distinguished from depression in this way: in depression sufferers find both university and home awful, whereas in homesickness university can feel awful while home may be seen in rose-tinted hues.
Almost everyone experiences some homesickness at some point in his or her life. You are not immune because you have been away before and felt all right.
Vulnerability to feeling homesick can be affected by:
- The distance from home
- A sense of anticlimax at arriving, having worked hard for so long
- Whether it was your decision to come
- Unhappiness due to expectations not being met
- Feeling out of control with the work load
- Differences in lifestyle, especially when coming from another culture
Those who are homesick often feel they have no control over their environment and that they are not identified with it or committed to the university or their place in it.