Dealing with homesickness
Homesickness is a very typical part of a student's transition to college. Leaving family, friends, and familiar surroundings can cause new students to feel overwhelmed and/or sad. Here are some suggestions you might consider following to help your daughter adjust to her "home away from home" at Hollins.
- Keep in touch with your daughter. Please call, and send letters, e-mails, and inspirational cards. Communication of any sort can be very reassuring to a new college student.
- Send care packages periodically with cookies, pictures of the family, items from home such as newspapers, copies of siblings' report cards, trinkets and notes from neighbors and other family members.
- Visit your daughter during the school year if possible. Please make sure to coordinate your travel plans with your daughter. Most college students do not like surprise visits, especially when they coincide with busy academic times such as midterms.
- Be understanding and reassuring if you receive frantic and tearful calls from your daughter saying she wants to come home. Encourage her to talk to her resident assistant (RA), her Student Success Leader (SSL), her O-team leader, her professors, her advisor, friends, or any member of the Student Affairs staff. There are many people who are willing and able to help if your daughter will just reach out.
- Encourage your daughter to become involved in campus activities. Students tend to feel the effects of homesickness a lot more when they have too much free time on their hands.
- Remember that your daughter is not alone in feeling homesick. Encourage her to make new friends, to talk with other new students, and to seek advice from returning students.