Handling Homesickness



 

  • Admit that you have it: Much of what you know and rely on is back home. Homesickness is a natural response to this sense of loss.
  • Talk about it: Share your feelings with an older sibling or friend who has already gone away from home. It takes strength to admit the fact that something is bothering you and confront it. Talk to other resource people on campus, such as student advisers, House Fellows or Student Counseling Services.
  • Don’t try to bury the feelings: Don’t drink more, party more or have sex just to try to make the feelings go away.
  • Bring familiar items: Decorate your room with items from home. These could include photos, plants, even stuffed animals. These will help to give you a sense of continuity and ease the shock of being in a new environment.
  • Enjoy comforting, fun things: Continue to enjoy the things you liked doing at home, like movies, exercise, etc.
  • Keep in touch with the people back home: With cell phones and email, it is easy to stay in touch with family and friends from home. But you may want to avoid very frequent telephoning. Write them reports of your activities and new experiences either by email or snail mail. Let them know that you’d like to hear from them too.
  • Plan a date to go home: If possible, plan to return home on a specific date (like Thanksgiving) and make the arrangements. This often helps curtail impulsive returns and keeps you focused on your goals in staying on campus.
  • Examine your expectations: We’d all like to be the best: the most popular, the best dressed, the most organized and the best adjusted. We’re not! Setting the goal of perfection is the most predictable way of creating disappointment.
  • Realize that adjusting to new situations takes time: Give yourself the time you need to adjust to the new environment. It is quite natural to long for what is familiar. Also remember that everyone’s adjustment time is different. Try to avoid the trap of comparing yourself to others.
  • Seek new opportunities: New opportunities are scary, but also present the chance to meet new people and experience things that may not have been possible for you had remained in the more familiar environment of home.
  • Do something: Don’t wait for the feeling to go away by itself. Talk, get help, get active, invite others to explore with you.

Contact information:

Phone: 860-439-4587
Fax: 860-439-2317


For student appointments, call x4587
or email SCS@conncoll.edu


Student Counseling Services
Warnshuis Building
270  Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196


National Suicide Crisis Line:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Depression Online Screening


Southeast CT Mental Health Authority Crisis Response
(7 days per week but not 24 hours)
860-886-9302


Trevor Project Crisis Hotline
866-488-7386

Contact information:

Phone: 860-439-4587
Fax: 860-439-2317
Emergency contact: Campus Safety, 860-439-2222


For student appointments, call x4587
or email SCS@conncoll.edu


Student Counseling Services
Warnshuis Health Center
270  Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196

National Suicide Crisis Line:
800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Southeast CT Mental Health Authority Crisis Response
(7 days per week but not 24 hours)
860-886-9302


Trevor Project Crisis Hotline
866-488-7386

 

Mental Health Online Screening

 

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