You’re not alone.
“Of course you’re going to be homesick — many students are,” said Glenda Russell, a psychologist with the University of Colorado’s Counseling and Psychological Services. “It’s completely normal. There’s nothing to be worried about and nothing to ashamed of.”
Dealing with a lot of changes? Missing home? Feeling stressed out? Come to a workshop just for first-year students from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 7 or 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 22 in Willard Hall Room 101. For more details, visit colorado.edu/sacs/counseling .
For first-year students especially, Russell said moving into a new environment will take some adjustment.
“I think it’s very tempting to feel overwhelmed and not know what to do,” Russell said. “Just make sure to take things one step at a time.”
Russell said making connections on campus, joining student groups and talking to people helps with a more smooth transition.
Sophomore Sherri Taylor said she missed home when she first arrived as a freshman at CU last year.
“My parents just live in Denver and I still got pretty homesick,” Taylor said. “It was kind of hard with all the changes. But now I’m happy to be back.”
Taylor said making friends in the dorms and working out at the Recreation Center on campus helped her to ease into a new environment.
Exercise is a healthy activity to pursue, Russell said.
“Getting exercise can really help with taking your mind off of things,” Russell said. “Develop an attitude of trying new things and make sure to get enough food and enough sleep to remain healthy.”
Resident advisers in the dorms are a good resource as well, Russell said.
“It helps to talk to people,” Russell said. “It’s fine to call home every now and then, but it’s a good idea to make connections on campus.”
Junior Blake Matthews said he curbed his gloomy feelings his freshman year by joining a men’s Intramural basketball league.
“I met some of my best friends through Intramurals,” Matthews said. “You just need to go out and do stuff. Don’t sit in your room and be depressed.”
CU has more than 300 student clubs and organizations ranging from Greek life to academic, political, social, religious and recreational clubs.
“There’s a wealth of possibilities on campus with all the various student groups,” Russell said. “I think it’s OK to try out a few different things and knowing that you’ll land on one that may click with you. Make sure to explore so you really find a connection.”
Russell said students who are depressed should stray from an unhealthy lifestyle of drugs and alcohol.
“Sometimes if a student doesn’t feel connected they may tend to do a lot of partying,” Russell said. “This can get them into trouble if they are imbibing in substances that aren’t healthy.”