POV: Beating the homesick blues

The best advice anyone can offer to college students struggling to adjust, or to recent high school graduates nervous about leaving home, are these tips:

• Challenge yourself to do something new as often as you can. You never know when you’ll find something you’ve never done before that you end up liking a lot.

• If you are in your dorm room, leave the door open (unless the situation warrants otherwise). This invites people to come in and get to know you — a person’s room tells a lot about them.

• Finally, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. While academics are a vital part of college life, getting to live on your own is a major part in itself. College can be the best time of your life, if you push yourself to experience it.

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