When you have down time, it’s easy to think about how much you miss your family. Try to keep yourself busy. Listen to music, go to the gym, start a series on Netflix, or make plans with friends. During my freshman year, I found a passion in blogging. It keeps my mind off of things and keeps me busy.
Get involved and make new friends
Making friends at your new home makes it so much easier to be away from home. I joined a sorority during my freshman year and it’s changed my life for the better. If I ever feel alone, I have 150 sisters to talk to or hang out with. It’s also acted as a gateway to getting involved in other organizations and making friends with all different backgrounds.
Explore and try new things
Take advantage of the fact that you get to experience a new place. You might never have this chance again so make the most of it. Muncie, Indiana is about an hour drive from Downtown Indianapolis. Some friends and I have taken advantage of this and have gone to several Pacers basketball games. No matter where you are, there’s new food to eat and places to see.
Bring pictures with you
This is something I did my freshman year. I printed out a bunch of photos of my friends and I and decorated my walls with them. Whenever I felt homesick, I would look at the pictures and think about all of the good times I’ve had with them. It keeps you distracted from ever becoming sad.
Skype and Facetime
What’s better than looking at old pictures? If you have a loved one at home that you really miss, Facetime or Skype them! You can laugh together and talk about each other’s days. This makes you feel like you’re closer to home, even if your hundreds of miles away.