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The Witness Newspaper

How To: Avoiding Homesickness during the Holiday Season

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The Holidays are supposed to be a season full of cheer, love, family, and delicious food. It is about spending time with the people you love, cooking, laughing, eating, and being close. For students living on campus away from their family, this may not be the case. Rather than feeling the holiday cheer, students feel homesick because they are spending their holidays away from their family and friends, away from their normal traditions, and away from their childhood home. has nine ways for students not to feel homesick during the holiday months.

1.Don’t be afraid to be homesick – It’s normal!

2. Have positive thoughts!

3. Get involved in the community – find new organizations and volunteer opportunities

4. Make a new “family” – Find new people on campus!

5. Keep up with your family traditions – don’t stop just because you’re not at home!

6. Find new traditions – new people mean new traditions!

7. Make time to call your family – they miss you just as much as you miss them!

8. Go outside and walk – Don’t stay stuck in your dorm room all winter!

9. Find a creative outlet

Although being away from home during the holiday season is tough, there are benefits. This gives students a way of expanding their time at college. This gives them the opportunity to make new friends, experience more of the community outside of the college and inside the college, and helps them to become more independent by making their own traditions and family. Being away from family does not mean that the holidays are ruined, it just means students must find their own happiness during the holiday season.

Samantha O'Brien

Samantha O'Brien is the editor of The Witness and is a double major of English and Education. In her free time, she loves to read and sing. She is also involved in the college's chorale.


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