Although Stephanie Poppe is currently a sophomore at CSU and has
adjusted to life away from home, it is difficult for her to be
separated from the familiar.
“It is definitely hard to be away from friends and family, but
calling them on the phone helps get me by,” said Poppe, a
The transition from home to college life may be a difficult
adjustment to make for many students, and feelings of homesickness
may interfere with daily life.
“I feel homesick about once a month,” she said.
While Poppe believes being away from home and meeting new people
can be stressful, she does not think students should let it get in
the way of daily activities.
“I think that if a student is motivated enough, feelings of
homesickness shouldn’t get in the way,” she said. “It is important
to stay in touch with family, but it is also important not to let
other things suffer.”
Jackie Nguyen, a senior staff counselor at the University
Counseling Center, said it is common for students to seek
counseling because of homesickness.
“Those moving away from home for the first time may experience
adjustment problems, which can create feelings of depression,
anxiousness, loneliness and isolation,” Nguyen said.
She said homesickness is most common among freshmen,
international students and non-traditional students.
“The UCC provides support to students who may be suffering from
symptoms related to homesickness,” she said. “We offer a safe
environment where students can share their feelings and know that
they are not alone. We also help students figure out ways to help
them cope with these feelings and come up with ideas on how to stay
in touch with their family and friends back home.”
Nguyen said homesickness can definitely get in the way of daily
school, work and social activities.
“If a student is not feeling well physically, then they are not
doing well mentally,” she said. “A student suffering from
homesickness is less likely to concentrate and be interested in
daily activities, make new friends or feel energized.”
However, Nguyen said there are various ways to help students
adjust to being away from home.
“Students should identify ways to get involved and make new
friends. Such things as joining a club, engaging in a campus
activity or connecting with professors and classmates, can help
create new relationships,” she said.
While homesickness may be common for many students, some have
adjusted more easily than others.
“The transition was pretty easy for me because I know that my
family and friends are not too far away,” said Joshua Mayles, a
freshman engineering science major.
Mayles is from Colorado Springs and said even though it is a lot
different living in the residence halls compared to home, he does
not often feel homesick.
“If I do start to miss home, I’ll just call my parents or my
brother and talk to them,” he said.
Although Mayles is not affected by feelings of homesickness, he
believes it can easily have an effect on other students.
“If a student is more focused on missing home, then they are
going to be less focused on schoolwork,” he said.
Mayles feels the loss of day-to-day contact with family and old
friends is hard, but building good relationships in college while
keeping contact with the past will help.
“A good idea is for students to put up pictures of their family
and friends back home and mix them with pictures pertaining to
campus life,” she said. “Finding a balance between relationships
back home and new friendships can help students overcome feelings