Whether you’re a freshman or continuing, one or one thousand miles from your hometown – it’s natural to have a period of adjustment when you start college. Experiencing new things and meeting different people can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Sometimes, it can make you feel a deep desire to return to the people and situations you know best.
The good news is that homesickness goes away eventually. As you gradually get used to your new surroundings, you’ll grow more comfortable. You’ll also gain a sense of confidence and independence by knowing that you can learn to adjust. Here are some tips to help ease your transition. Also check out these articles with some video clips talking about homesickness, particularly with college students. This last one shows you how to get rid of not just homesickness but your wife, your boyfriend, a stalker, depression, you name it.
Reading can be a great way to begin to understand more about the issues that bring you to counseling. Books can offer you ideas on how to cope. However, gaining an understanding of an issue is not always sufficient to resolve it. Self-help books are most useful when used in conversation with a trained therapist.
The following is a list of books which have a strong history of helping individuals and/or come highly recommended by one of our professional counselors. They're usually available at one of the area public libraries. They often make excellent reading even if you don't have a pressing issue.
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
Transforming Anger by Doc Childre;
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus : The Classic Guide to Understanding the Opposite Sex by John Gray
* This list is by no means meant to be exhaustive.