Now that we have got the tough facts out of the way, it’s time to talk about what is deemed “treatment” for homesickness and what resources we have on campus to cure your bye-bye blues. It has been proven that all of the following help to combat homesickness along with associated feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and isolation: availability of peer and professional support, encouragement of self-compassion, reducing acculturation stress, and facilitating social interaction and activity (Thurber, 2011). Hooray for all kinds of solutions!
That brings me to discussion of all the opportunities we have here at San Diego State to make students feel right at home! Peer and professional support can be found all over campus; if a student is looking specifically for mental health support, she or he has access to an on-campus psychologist. Appointments can be made through Health and Psychological Services. If a student is in need of academic or career assistance there are a number of outlets: General Advising, Career Services, and our very own Psychology Undergraduate Advising. In terms of getting involved socially on campus, there are tons of great options, including over 300 Student Organizations. One specific organization I would like to highlight is PsyMORE. This organization helps students assimilate into the college community through one-on-one peer mentorship. The focus is on academics, career planning, and facilitating pathways for success of all kinds for mentees. It is super simple to sign up, just visit the SDSU PsyMORE website (http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/PsychMORE/) and fill out the mentee/mentor application depending on the role you would like to take in this awesome organization.
The transition to college life can be tough at times. If you’re feeling lonely or a bit disconnected right now, know that you are not alone. Also know that there are endless opportunities to get involved in campus culture. Choose resources and activities that will benefit you academically, socially, and emotionally and you will be well on your way to shaking that homesickness and embracing your new home here at SDSU!
Thurber, C. A., & Walton, E. A. (2011, March 4). Homesickness and Adjustment in University Students [Electronic version].Journal of American College Health, 60(5), 1-5.