Laker Tips & Tricks: How to Deal with Homesickness

Posted on November 12, 2019
Written by Beth Baranski

At one point or another, homesickness finds its way into the hearts of college students. As much as we wish we could be home some days, curled up in our own beds, we have to find ways to focus on school and make the best of the time we have at Grand Valley. Here are four tips that will help you combat homesickness and feel more comfortable on campus.

Call Your Family and Friends

Calling your family or friends back home can help ease some of the homesickness. Talking to your best friend or getting a life update from your family gives you a little slice of home and makes you feel like you are there with them. Sometimes just hearing a familiar voice can ease the longing to go home!

A student calling someone on their cell phone.

A student in their decorated living center.

Make GVSU Your Home Away from Home

The more time you spend at GV and the more involved you get, the more likely you are to feel at home right here on campus. Some of the best ways to turn Grand Valley into your home away from home include joining student organizations, attending campus events, and creating a living space that feels uniquely yours.

Go On an Adventure

What better way to make the greater Allendale area feel like home than to go out and explore it?  Enjoy a local apple orchard or grab some food from the new Culver’s down the street. Head to GR and check out the Downtown Market or see a movie with friends. Spend some time exploring the area so you can find your new favorite hangout with your friends.

Two students looking for adventure.

Two students talking with one another.

Remember You’re Not Alone

Most students have felt homesick at some point during their college experience. Just remember that you’re not alone and you’re not the only one that feels this way. If you’re looking to talk to someone more in-depth about what you’re experiencing, the GVSU Counseling Center is a very helpful resource that provides free counseling to students.

There are tons of opportunities for you to meet new people, get involved, and start making GV your home. Next time you find yourself feeling homesick, bring your roommate to a campus event you found on the Student Life calendar!

Find an event on the Student Life calendar

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