Letters from the dorm: tips on overcoming homesickness from a guy who knows the feeling well

Letters from the dorm: tips on overcoming homesickness from a guy who knows the feeling well

If you’re planning on studying abroad, you must prepare yourself for times when you may feel a little homesick. No matter how excited and prepared you are for your upcoming experience, you are bound to miss home.

There is loneliness and culture shock, and that is made worse because you are moving away from all that is familiar.

Am I homesick in the UK? Yes, I am. I never thought I would miss my dad’s terrible noodles or my brothers’ smelly socks, but I do. When the workload takes its toll, and I feel stressed, I can’t help but wish I was back home gobbling my mum’s home-made treats and hugging my parents.

Letters from the dorm: A far remote taste of home

Family is always the most important part of a person’s life, a place where they feel loved and cared for.

After studying in the UK, I realise how important my family is in my life. It is where my base is, and it keeps me intact and standing strong, even in times of difficulty. As you can see, I often get homesick, but it’s not easy to get back home.

Missing home is normal. It's how you handle it that counts.
Photo: Abiel Ma

I have noticed certain things make me feel more homesick, while other things help me feel better, so here are some tips that help fight homesickness.

One of the most important things you can do to fight homesickness is to make new friends. Having a strong support network makes you feel less lonely. A broad circle of friends will give you a lot of emotional support.

Talk to people about how you feel and seek help. They may be able to help you. Don’t be ashamed; it’s perfectly fine to share your feelings.

Do things you would never do with your family. Activities such as going to a concert, or playing sports are fun ways to beat homesickness.

Don’t forget that home is always there waiting for you when you return. Being an international student is not easy, but it will make you love your family even more.

This summer, I was back home for more than two months. Spending so much time with my family and old friends was probably my best moment all year.

If you’re preparing to study abroad, good luck and have fun – and enjoy your time at home.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
How to beat homesickness


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