You’ve (almost) made it through another year of college and you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Have no fear – summer is rapidly approaching and if you’re missing home, you only have a few weeks left.

Being homesick is no fun at all and it comes in various forms. It’s especially hard when you go to school far away from home and can’t visit.

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Are you struggling with homesickness? Here are some tips that can help:

1. Reconnect with friends from home

Whichever medium works best for you – be it Skype, Facebook chat, etc. – talk to your friends and find out what’s going on in their lives. The more “in the loop” you feel, the more it will remind you of the olden days when you were able to see these people on a daily basis.

2. Make new traditions.

In high school, maybe your “thing” was to meet up at IHOP after football games with all of your best friends. Now that you’re in college you don’t have to give up traditions like these – you just need to adapt and make new ones. When you have new traditions, you’ll be more able to live in the moment than just reminisce about the past.

3. Join a new club.

The more involved you are, the less time you have to be homesick. I’m not saying you have to run yourself ragged with extracurriculars, but you do need to have something to occupy your time with other than school. Not only will you be able to add something to your resume, but I’m willing to bet you’ll also make new friends.

4. Call home regularly.

I’m not saying you have to have a 30 minute conversation with your parents daily, but make an effort to reach out to them at least every other day. Talking with your parents is one of the best ways to combat homesickness. Maybe you can even schedule a time for them to come visit you.

So now that you have some tips, get out and stop counting down the days until you can move back home.

You can’t get your college days back and you surely don’t want to waste them on homesickness – it will all be over before you know it.

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