The days of summer are running thin and you know what that means — back to school season is upon us. Whether you're a returning or incoming student, the feeling of starting class is a mix of nervousness and excitement. At first, the feeling of leaving your home may seem daunting, but know this: Homesickness is completely normal for students old and new.
As a rising senior at Trinity University, I know the "back-to-school blues" all too well. But I've learned that the best way to abandon missing your home is to follow age-old advice: Get out there and get involved. Here are a few steps I took to heed that advice and made Trinity my new home.
Join Something Fun
Your college experience is what you make it, so follow your gut and start by joining something fun. The choices at Trinity are so vast, with a wide variety of organizations — there's a little something for everyone. For me, caring for the environment has always been enjoyable, so I immediately connected with the Students Organized for Sustainability. I found like-minded people with an enthusiasm for the environment that made weekly meetings a fun place to be.
Find Your Passion
If your involvement is a chore then you're probably not following your passion. Although I had never considered myself a writer before coming to Trinity, I took a chance and joined the campus newspaper, The Trinitonian, as an apprentice. I quickly learned the basics of journalism, recognized my passion, and I have been writing ever since. Another passion of mine is discussing social justice issues. I joined the Trinity Diversity Connection last year and followed my fervor for issues of diversity, which made involvement joyous rather than laborious.
One of the best ways to overcome homesickness is to occupy your mind. Becoming a student worker is a great way to do just that and make a few dollars in the process. I have been a student worker in the Office of Student Involvement for more than two years now. The Office of Student Involvement is really the heartbeat of campus with a commitment to serving students through Greek life, organizations and programs that reflect student life. As a student worker, I keep my mind busy with projects that deepen my connection to campus and make Trinity feel more like home.
Stay busy, follow your passion and lingering homesickness will just melt away. To get involved, find the office on your campus that supports student organizations. For example, at Trinity, we have Student Involvement, where you can find a list of all the organizations already on campus.
Reprinted courtesy of The Trinity Perspective, a student blog at Trinity University.
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