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Strategies for Combatting Homesickness

  • Acknowledge that you are feeling homesick.
  • Talk with others about your experience.
  • Get to know your new environment.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Join a student group.
  • The more your feel part of campus life, the less homesick you will feel. MU has over 400 recognized student organizations. For a list of these groups, visit: the MU Organization Resource Group website.
  • Try to establish a routine.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family from home but place a limit on telephone usage.
  • Stay in Columbia as much as possible.
  • Set a goal to approach one new person a day and introduce yourself.
  • Be patient with yourself.

Adjusting to any new situation/environment takes time. If your homesickness persists or is interfering with academic performance or relationships, consider talking with someone at the Counseling Center.