4. Stay Connected with Family & Friends: Alongside acknowledging your feelings, staying connected with family and friends back at home is the number one cure for homesickness. During this time, I kept close connections to my family members and friends back at home regularly. Although many phone and video calls were filled with tears, it helped to hear about their lives and many other things happening in my community. It made me feel connected to home. Keeping close contact with family and friends can be considered a lifeline for many international students battling homesickness. We are currently in a technological period where instant communication and maintaining relationships that are oceans away is possible. Regular phone calls, texts, video calls and messages from loved ones can bridge the gap and provide a comforting sense of continuity. Being able to express your feelings and concerns to your loved ones could provide a sense of relief as they know you better than anyone else and can therefore support you emotionally. This can help to alleviate those feelings of loneliness and longing. However, it is important to maintain a balance between cherishing and staying connected with loved ones back home and actively engaging in your new environment and creating new connections. The connection with loved ones back home can serve as a source of strength, anchoring you through the turbulent waves of homesickness and allowing you to flourish in your international student journey as you make new connections and gain new experiences.
In conclusion, homesickness is a natural condition that happens to many international students and can be overcome through the strategies I’ve curated. Acknowledging your problems is the first step and leads towards a healthy journey in overcoming the condition. Establishing a consistent routine could help you stay organized while creating a comfortable environment to gain experiences and make connections. Making new connections allows you to create a supportive environment of new people and experience getting to know people from diverse backgrounds. Finally, Staying connected to loved ones back home allows you to curb homesickness by bridging the physical gap between you and your loved ones and maintaining connections them.
Message from the Author
As I conclude this blog, my hope is that it has provided you with valuable insight and practical advice to internationals students who may be grappling with homesickness. Always remember that many international students are currently going through the same thing, and you are not alone. If you have any questions or more tips you might want to share with me, you can connect with me on LinkedIn or Instagram. Grateful for your time and attention. Look out for more posts!