What to do when all you want to do is go home
Emily Maybanks is studying Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting (French and Italian) at Swansea University, and is spending her year abroad as an Erasmus student at the University of Bologna in Forlì, Italy, and at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, where she is now. Here are Emily's 5 tips to help you cope with homesickness and the 'Year Abroad Blues'...
There can be times throughout your time abroad when you feel like the only place you want to be is at home, and that’s okay, but there are things you can do to overcome those feelings. These are some of the things that have helped me personally when I’ve wanted to give up and go back home.
1. Remember why you’re there
Reminding yourself of why you’re on your year abroad can help. It has helped me a few times; telling myself that by not giving up, I’ll end up with a degree and an experience abroad.
2. Remember that it’s not permanent
If you’re really struggling, it can help to remember that the year abroad is not permanent; you’re only there for a short amount of time.
3. Go for a walk
This has helped me personally a lot since I arrived in Geneva. When I feel down and homesick, I go for a walk and admire the mountainous scenery and the lake. I usually find that it’s very refreshing.
4. Do something you enjoy
When you’re feeling like you want to go home, take your mind off the thoughts by doing something you really enjoy. For me, this is writing, and I’ve found that it has helped me a lot so far during my year abroad.
5. Indulge in some home comforts
Sometimes, when you’re missing home, it can help to indulge in something familiar from home, albeit a TV show, a film or some food.
These are some of the things that have really helped me to keep going on my year abroad, but it’s important to remember that everyone has their own ways of coping with homesickness.