Homesickness is a typical part of a student’s transition to college. Here are some suggestions to help your daughter adjust to her new life at Hollins.
Keep in touch with your daughter. Call, and send letters, emails, and inspirational cards.
Send care packages with cookies, pictures of the family, items from home such as newspapers, 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 don’t 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), student success leader (SSL), O-team leader, professors, advisor, friends, or any member of the student affairs staff. There are many people who are willing and able to help if she will just reach out.
Encourage her 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 she 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.