Hello everyone! Hope your week has been great. As for myself I have had an excellent week. For the past couple of blogs I have been briefly been discussing the struggles in which students have to find a job to help fund their lifestyle and ensure they can make ends meet. Well, this past week I achieved one of my goals for 2016. I got a part-time job working behind a bar which I find amazing (only spilt one drink on someone and for me, that’s a win). As long as you set your mind to the goals you want to achieve, life goes swimmingly. I am one step closer to buying that flight ticket and going seeing my friend (who I met at Edge Hill University) in America.
“ASK, BELIEVE, RECEIVE” – RHONDA BYRNE
Enough about myself for now, something which keeps cropping up across campus when speaking to friends and people studying across campus is the issue of homesickness. Everyone suffers from it, even myself from time to time and the important thing is to ensure you know good ways to counteract these feelings of homesickness.
How to Handle Homesickness
One of the best ways in which you can feel better when feeling homesickness is the most obvious. Call home. There is no shame in doing so and why would there be? Everyone does. I find talking to friends from home or speaking to my parents just relieves stress and homesickness. These people know you best and speaking to them can relieve the stress and anxiety and just make you feel that little bit better. So many people come to university. In semester one alone I made friends from France: Spain, Mexico, Italy and America. All of them at some point felt that notion of homesickness and one of the most effective comforts can just be that familiar friendly voice. Seeing a familiar face and just laughing it off. Remember this life lesson from James, Life without laughter is no life at all.
Also don’t feel obligated to not feel this dire feeling of homesickness because you only come from Preston or you only come from Liverpool. Moving out is a big deal whoever you are and wherever you are from, there isn’t a way to sugar coat it. It’s the way you make your experience your own to ensure you make the most out of what life throws at you, just make sure you keep in contact with family and friends.
Another way in which I think is an affective comfort when feeling a little homesick is a lazy day. No one on campus spends 24 hours a day 7 days a week studying. You need your down and time and if that means staying in your pyjamas all weekend binge watching Netflix and not seeing day light for three days then so be it (I would definitely recommend going outside, get that fresh air).
Just remember there are a number of things to counteract the feeling of homesickness. These are just a couple of my suggestions. When at uni there is a number of facilities at your fingertips to help you.
This is all for this week. I hope you all have another amazing week doing whatever you’re doing, be that course work, exams or just loving life.