Every fall, we see students show up to NNU with anticipation and excitement as they begin a new chapter. But, after they settle in, start their classes and unpack their dorms, many begin to experience homesickness. We want you to know that homesickness is completely normal but can be difficult to navigate. Here are 7 things you can do when you are missing home:
- Call family members. Check in with them, and tell them how you’re feeling.
- Spend some time printing pictures of family and friends to put in your dorm room.
- Talk to friends. The great thing about starting your first year of college is that everyone is starting it together. It may feel like you’re alone, but—trust us—everyone gets homesick at some point.
- Try to distract yourself. Is there a movie you’ve been wanting to see? Or maybe a new club you’ve been interested in? Do the things that interest you. Not only could you possibly find a new hobby, but perhaps also new friends.
- Make comfort food. If there’s a meal that your parents made when you were sick or sad, try to track down the recipe and ingredients to bring a little bit of home to campus.
- Remain involved. Feeling homesick may make you want to isolate yourself. Whatever you do, make sure you stay involved on campus!
- Explore the area. It may feel daunting at first, but Nampa and its surrounding areas have unique activities to offer regardless of your favorite hobbies. From swing dancing to hiking, there’s a good chance that you will be able to find something exciting to pursue.
Every new season comes with its own set of challenges, and homesickness is one you may encounter. We hope that, over time, NNU will begin to feel like your home away from home.