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Tips for Feeling Homesick in College

Going away to college can feel freeing and exciting because it’s a brand new adventure in your life. One that you get to experience all on your own. What people often don’t talk about, is how college can feel after that excitement goes away.

 It’s normal to be anxious about your new independence and making your own decisions. When the semester begins and real college life starts students may be unprepared for the amount of time they spend alone, which can lead to feeling lonely and homesick. Some tips for dealing with homesickness include:

  • Staying busy; whether it be with schoolwork or social life, always try to keep yourself occupied
  • Make plans; sometimes it’s not the school week that’s tough but it’s the uneventful weekends that students dread. So make plans for each weekend even if its small, so that you always have something to look forward to
  • Plan home visits; always know when you will be home next so that you can find relief in knowing you will be there again
  • Reach out to people; whether you met them on your first day or in one of your classes, reach out to them and just talk over text or meet up on campus. Keep in mind everyone is looking for friends
  • Find independent activities; it’s important to be able to do things alone, so discover things you enjoy doing by yourself

Remember, if you’re ever feeling hopeless or too anxious to try these tips, Apple Psychological offers an effective system of support to help guide you through the challenges of college life.

 To learn about our College Transition Team or to book a free consultation, click HERE or call us at 917-526-0766. An experienced counselor specializing in this transformative period of time can help.

In addition, Apple Psychological offers other Support for parents and teens. Find out more information and Register HERE or book a free consultation by Clicking Here

Finding difficulty adjusting to a college lifestyle? Here are some tips…

As a high school student we underestimate the luxury of having people to guide you each and every day. Making the change to being a college student can be quite overwhelming and confusing at times.

It may seem as if the support system you were used to having by your side has completely left you high and dry, but that’s not the case!

Although you may not have family or friends guiding you as closely as before, that doesn’t mean they are not there anymore. Now they’re just providing guidance from a distance.

On a college campus, oftentimes there are numerous programs in place to help students confront their new challenges. Unfortunately, students miss out on opportunities because of lack of motivation to go or just simply because they weren’t informed. With Apple Psychological’s College Transition Team, we make it easy to obtain the help and support you may need with the ability to meet with professionals who can guide students in the right direction.

Students often don’t account for the amount of downtime they have in college. This downtime can lead to a loss of motivation which ultimately affects them academically, socially and physically. Here are some tips for using your downtime productively: 

  • Read a book; I know this one sounds simple, but reading can help keep your mind stimulated and it helps build your focus
  • Take a walk; going for walks enables you to get some fresh air and be around others. It also gives you an opportunity to get some exercise
  • Make friends; this one can be overwhelming for some people. Keep in mind that many students in college are facing similar struggles as you and they’re all looking to make friends
  • Find a new study place; sometimes studying in your room can feel isolating and can even make you feel tired, so a change of scenery can help to keep you motivated
  • Reach out to a friend; talking to someone from home helps to stay connected and feel supported
  • Get a job; although you may feel busy with school work sometimes, you don’t realize how much downtime you really have. By adding more to your schedule, you actually can help improve your time management skills

 To learn about how we can help or to book a free consultation, click HERE or call us at 917-526-0766. An experienced therapist specializing in this transitional time can help.

Check out Our College Transition Team which provides young adults with the necessary therapeutic support for students balancing the many stresses and responsibilities required during the transition from high school to college life.

In addition, Apple Psychological offers other Support for parents and teens. Find out more information and Register HERE or book a free consultation by Clicking Here

Embracing the College Experience from Home

Moving away from home for college can be very overwhelming or even unattainable for many people. There is nothing wrong with that! Staying in your hometown for college and attending your local university can be just as fulfilling as moving far away for school. This blog will explore the ways to make the most out of your college experience, even from the comfort of your home!

 

Just because you do not live on campus does not mean that you cannot spend time in the campus environment. The worst thing you can do for yourself and your mental health is to isolate yourself and spend all your free time at home. Although you may think it is easier to socialize and make friends while living on campus, there are daily opportunities to introduce yourself to people and form lifelong connections with your college peers.

 

Whether this is in the classroom or while walking around campus, being open to building a network of friends and acquaintances is so important for the college experience. Asking a classmate out to lunch or going up to someone and asking them how their day is going, are just a fraction of the techniques to use to begin the journey to forming meaningful friendships.

 

Using the campus facilities is a great way to spend time on campus. A worry for those not leaving home for college is that they will always be stuck in their house. This does not need to be true. If you make an effort to go to campus, there are many spaces available to you. You can use the library and study rooms to do your work. You can also use the gym facilities to stay active. You can even choose to eat the campus food and eat meals with your friends (who may live on campus).

 

Another thing you can do to make the most out of your hometown college experience is to get involved in campus activities and clubs. There’s no shortage of clubs and student organizations to join. They are constantly hosting events and having speakers that you can attend. Not only will this give you the opportunity to meet new people, but it will also keep you busy and away from your house.

 

It is so important, no matter where you are for college, to balance your academic and personal life. When being at home for college, you have to make an effort not to fall into the school-home cycle. Finding a balance between studying and being committed to academic success, while also making time to socialize, relax, and do things you enjoy, will make your college experience much more fulfilling and joyous. College is a time to be independent and mature as a person and although you may think that being at home will hinder that, I am here to tell you that it won’t!

 

Experience college while remaining at home is a unique opportunity that opens the door to so many possibilities. Socializing with friends, taking advantage of resources, and getting involved in campus clubs are just a few of the many ways you can make the most out of college!

 

If you need support navigating the stresses of college life, or in finding a good work/life balance, check out our College Transition Team or book a FREE consultation with a therapist who specializes in this transitional time period HERE

In addition, Apple Psychological offers other Support for parents and teens. Find out more information and Register HERE or book a free consultation by Clicking Here

College Transition: Navigating the Journey of Choosing a College Major

Whether you are on your way to college or already in college, you know that choosing a college major is one of the most significant decisions you face as you move on to higher education. Your major determines what career you will have after the next 4 years of undergraduate studies, however, for many students this decision, along with the idea of selecting a major can be overwhelming. If you find yourself wrestling with the big question of what to study in college, rest assured–you are not alone.

 

It’s OK to Not Know

The first step is recognizing that feeling uncertain about what to study in college is completely normal. Rather than viewing these uncertain feelings as roadblocks, try to see them as an integral part of your journey. Take this opportunity to explore all of your interests, passions, and the different career paths available, without the pressure of having to figure it all out right away.

Figure Out Your Interests

Take the time to think about your interests. What subjects do you find the most engaging? What activities bring you joy? What volunteering or work have you done that has inspired you? Consider what your academic strengths are, and use this to your advantage. College is the place where you get to hone in on all that you love and are passionate about.

Seek Guidance and Get Involved

Don’t ever feel ashamed to reach out for guidance and support. Colleges have a vast array of resources that are meant to help you on this journey of self-discovery. You can find support through academic advisors, professors, mental health workers, and family. All of these resources can offer valuable insight, and perspective that will help direct you in the right direction. Many universities offer career counseling sessions and workshops that are designed to help students explore and identify potential majors and career paths.

Trust the Process

Remember, your choice of major is not set in stone. It is ok to change your mind, pivot, and explore new avenues along the way. Trust in yourself and the process of discovering who you are in this new phase. Keep an open mind, embrace the change, and believe that everything will fall into place.

And, if you need a little extra guidance, Apple Psychological is here to help! Check out Our College Transition Team which provides young adults with the necessary therapeutic support for students balancing the many stresses and responsibilities required during college life. If you need support during this time, check out our College Transition Team or book a FREE consultation with a therapist who will start you on your journey HERE.

In addition, Apple Psychological offers other Support for parents and teens. Find out more information and Register HERE or book a free consultation by Clicking Here