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    Five ways college students can avoid feeling homesick

    One of the most frequent problems incoming college students face is homesickness. It can be hard to put a finger on exactly why you’re feeling homesick — maybe you’re missing the comfort of being around your family or maybe you miss your own bed. No matter the cause, homesickness can be a really tricky thing to get over. Here are five ways to help you get past that feeling!
    1. Decorate your dorm or apartment
    One of the main reasons students like being home is the comfort of having a room designed in a way that’s familiar to them and brings them peace. Decorating your dorm (or apartment) is a wonderful way to make it feel like your own place. This step cannot be understated — having a cool and fun room can make all the difference in your college experience!
    2. Meet new people
    For me, this was the hardest part of adjusting to college life. I came from a small town, so I never had to meet anyone new. Students may feel homesick because they miss friends from their hometown. While new friends will never be able to replace your old friends, they can give you an outlet for your feelings. Having friends to talk to can make anything easier — especially college life.
    3. Get involved
    This tip goes hand in hand with number two. Getting involved with campus organizations can really help students to meet new people. When I think about meeting new people, I often think to myself, “I can’t just walk up to someone and ask them to be my friend.” For many students, myself included, finding situations to introduce themselves to people is the hardest part. Joining a group or club organization can alleviate the pain of finding those situations.
    4. Go to Clemson athletic events
    Luckily for you, Clemson has some of the best sports teams around. With 19 varsity teams, there is almost always a sporting event going on somewhere around campus. Going to the games will give you something to cheer for and help you take your mind off worrying and homesickness. You can even go to the games with some of the friends you made in steps two and three!
    5. Focus on your classes
    I don’t want to sound like your professor or your parents, but focusing on classes can really help you if you’re struggling with homesickness. Taking classes that are fun and interesting will help you learn and enjoy your time in school as well.

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