It is almost November and it is already past the half way point in the semester. Classes are starting to have their second midterms and final schedules have been sent out. This is the long stretch until Thanksgiving break. As an out of state student from Long Island, I don’t go home often and it is hard for my parents to come visit me for the weekend. After a stressful week of exams and assignments, I just want to be in my own bed and eat a home cooked meal. As a Halloween approaches, all I can think about is it’s a day closer to going home for break. Here are some tips on how to deal with being homesick:
Skype or FaceTime: As a freshman, I would FaceTime my parents once a week to catch up. Even though it was only for a few minutes, this time with my parents meant a lot to me. In order to prevent myself from getting homesick, my mom would send me care packages (the best feeling is when you get an e-mail notification that you got a package). They would usually contain baked goods, new clothes and the occasional letter.
Get Distracted: In order to not think about home, I would get myself really involved in school. My student planner is filled with activities and assignments that I don’t have time to think about home. Don’t forget all your friends are probably in the same position as you are and they are always there for you. Sign up for an event or free activity in the HUB in order to be distracted. After eating at the dining hall everyday, my friends and I would treat ourselves to a meal downtown to get a good and filling meal. I have a Chili’s in my hometown so getting dinner there was like being back at home with my teammates after a football game.
Host a Canning Trip: In order to get a little slice at home, you can host a canning trip! This would be a great opportunity to go home while canning for the kids! You can be home with your parents and show your new friends your hometown. I went canning in Sleepy Hollow, NY and it was so nice to be back in the New York Area to eat bagels and pizza. Even though it wasn’t really home, it did the trick.
Weekend Trips: The best part of weekends without football is the opportunity to go home. Even though it would only be for 2 or 3 days, it can really make a difference. You can go home and eat your favorite meals but most importantly see family and friends. The best part of October is definitely parents weekend because it is perfectly scheduled. Parents weekend is usually in the beginning of October and it is a great opportunity to show your family Penn State in the beautiful fall 🙂