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Homesickness

Not quite what you expected?

Settling into university life can be very daunting and you may not be expecting to feel homesick.

The first thing to remember is, that you are not alone. Homesickness

Although it may seem as if everyone else is having a wonderful time and not having any problems at all, everyone feels a little homesick at times, even the most popular and confident among us.

Some may deal with it better than others, but it is completely normal.

Talking to someone will help

If you haven't yet made friends here, then try one of your tutors, the university chaplain, a student adviser or a counsellor.

If you are not sure where to go, come to the students 1st team in the Student Hub (RM050).

By all means, keep in contact with the people at home; arrange a home visit, perhaps after a few weeks. But also give yourself time within the university to begin to get involved here.

Also, encourage friends and family to come and see you in your new setting.

Be realistic about what to expect from student life and from yourself

Establish a balance between work and leisure: You are NOT expected to work ALL the time. However, if you don't put in enough time on work, you can get behind, which will be very stressful.

Your tutors in your school are available to discuss with you problems with studying or if there are outside factors likely to affect your work. Don't bottle it up: If your tutor knows about any problems, then they can help.

Meet people through shared activities such as sport or other interests

There are so many clubs and societies within the university and city, that you are very likely to find something that suits your particular interests.Friends

At the start of the academic year many new people will be joining so you are unlikely to be the only new person. 

Give yourself time to adjust

You don't have to get everything right straight away. Nor do you have to rush into making major decisions about staying or leaving.

You also don't need to find a very close friend in those first days. It takes a while to build up solid friendships and there is often a feeling that everyone has clicked and you have not. Give yourself some time to adjust. 

Above all remember there are dedicated staff to help you through this time

At the students 1st team in the Student Hub (RM050) in the Reginald Mitchell Building (right in front of you when you come into the main East Park Terrace campus entrance).

Page last updated on Wednesday 10 February 2016 at 9.03am.

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