Cures for Homesickness

Homesickness…everyone will experience it at least once when they move off to college, regardless of the distance between home and the new school. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s completely understandable to want to be back in the place where you were already used to living with people whose company you enjoy and they, most likely, like you back too.

Sometimes people are able to get over their homesickness on their own, fairly easily. But for others, missing life at home can be too much for them to handle, which could make the entire first semester of college a terrible experience.

That shaky period of life known as the first semester of college is a time that could make even the most studious of students give up on college completely if their homesickness is left untreated for too long

But there are some ways that can make the sting of homesickness a little easier to get through. Here are some things that I have found, through experience, can be considered the cures for homesickness.


And not just pictures of people, bring the pictures of your favorite events and memories with you to college. Set them up around your desk or next to your bed so you can always see them. If you are ever stressed about a particular assignment, seeing that picture of you and your friends covered in peanut butter, trying to scare your little brother who’s allergic to peanuts can be the only thing that can bring a smile to your face while you work on that dreaded assignment.


You should keep up with your friends so you don’t feel so isolated from everyone when you are at school. Sure, Facebook can be pretty bad when you are trying to get an assignment done, but send your friend a message or two a week so you can be sure to stay in touch.


I highly recommend convincing your family and friends to get a Skype account before you head to school. It’s more personal than just pictures on Facebook, since you get to see the person as you speak with them. Get your information from the Book, but get the real scoop from Skype.

Enable Pix Messaging

If you don’t have it already, get a phone that can send and receive picture messages. More importantly, get your parents a cell phone with picture messages if they don’t have one already. If your parents are anything like mine, you will most likely have to teach them how to use it before you head to college, but that can be a cute bonding experience for you guys to have before heading out. That way if anything happens at home with your family, your parental figures can send you a picture of it instead of just telling you about it. And seeing it really helps make you feel like you were there and not all by yourself at school.

Mark times you’re going home in a calendar

Always write down the next time you are definitely going to be home. Having something to look forward to always makes it easier. Putting an ‘X’ on the squares is such a good feeling and it does seem to make the time go by faster. Knowing that you have one more week until you get to be home makes the week before and the week after the visit home free of the homesick feeling. Then, before you know it, you’ve finished your first year at school, with hardly any problems.

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Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb

Betsy Loeb is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Broadcast Journalism. She lacks the ability to draw, so she loves being able to express her creativity instead through her writing. She considers herself the “coolest nerd,” spending many Friday nights indoors playing Guitar Hero and discussing Pokemon cards with her friends.