College Life Growth

Tips for Dealing with Homesickness

I’ve never been much of a homebody. In high school if there was an opportunity to travel you could be sure I’d sign up. Honduras, Dominican Republic, California, South Carolina—it did not matter where we were going, I just wanted to go, meet new people and explore new places. With that being said, when I came to college I never thought homesickness would be something I’d struggle with, but on occasion I have and still do just really wish I could be home.  I’m sure others have this feeling too, so here are 3 tips that help beat homesickness:

  1. “Wherever you are, be all there.” This is something I heard my pastor say time and again as I was growing up. In high school I always thought it meant to not be playing on your phone while you’re out with people, but once I got to college I realized it means so much more. It means that no matter how badly you wish you could be at home, with every fiber of yourself live in the moment where you are because these days will be over before you know it. Trust me—I’m a JUNIOR!
  2. “Attitude is everything.” Especially during my freshman year, I met many people who would complain about the college, the rules, and ultimately about how much they wanted to go home. And while everyone faces homesickness from time to time, if you have a good attitude about where you currently are in life, it makes a HUGE difference. Changing your attitude can truly change your life.
  3. Be a blessing.” When feeling homesick it is easy to get caught up on yourself. It becomes so easy to think about how hard it is for you to be away from home, how much you’re missing out on by being away, and it’s easy to get this “woe is me” mentality. So if you set out with the mindset that you are going to choose to be a blessing to someone, it really changes things because before you know it you are so caught up in blessing others that you forget about yourself.

Oh, and don't forget, the end of the semester will be here before you know it! Just keep pressing on and giving 100% in everything that you do. You can do it!

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.

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