As college students, we are used to being independent and doing things for ourselves. College independence can be refreshing and tons of fun as we can try out new things and be in charge of ourselves most of the time. However, sometimes we do just miss those at home. Whether it be a pet, parent, sibling or friend, home-sickness is real.
Though there’s no “curing” that home-sick feeling, there are ways to cope with it:
- Of course, during these times, we are becoming more accustomed to online/virtual communication. Call or FaceTime your loved ones while walking on campus or when hanging out in your room. Just hearing their voice or seeing their face can help.
- Tell them how you feel. Be honest and tell the person(s), “Hey, I’m kinda sad. I’m really missing you.” This should elicit some comfort and kindness.
- Writer letters/send care packages. Because we are always staring at a screen, we forget how meaningful sending or receiving a handwritten letter can be. Reach out to your loved ones, and you may receive a card or even a care package back.
Focus on the here and now. Yes, you are away from those you care about but remember that college is the time of your life! Hang out with friends, explore Charlotte and get involved on campus.