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College. What to expect: feelings, emotions, homesickness and the “I don’t belong here” syndrome. Stages of Homesickness. Excitement Frustration Depression Acceptance Every person is different Can get stuck in cycles Can go out of order Not everyone experiences all.

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college

College

What to expect: feelings, emotions, homesickness and the “I don’t belong here” syndrome

stages of homesickness
Stages of Homesickness
  • Excitement
  • Frustration
  • Depression
  • Acceptance
  • Every person is different
    • Can get stuck in cycles
    • Can go out of order
    • Not everyone experiences all
attending college means
Attending College means:
  • Leaving an environment that is familiar to you
  • Habits will change and you will assume new responsibilities
  • Your focus will change and you will need to develop new skills
congrats now what
Congrats! Now what?!
  • Initial anxiety – everything seems scary and intimidating

or

  • Initial elation (honeymoon period) – everything seems so interesting and cool!
what next
What next?
  • Culture shock – yes, it is different from home!
  • Superficial Adjustment

OR

  • Depression-Frustration
acceptance
Acceptance

You accept that things are different.

what can i do about it
What can I do about it?
  • Don’t wait for it to go away. Talk to someone!
    • Counselor?
    • Family member
    • Roommate
    • Student
    • Call Mrs. Tosspon

(949-878-2223)

what can i do about it1
What can I do about it?
  • Bring some home along with you!
    • Pack photos of family & friends
    • Eat a familiar food once a week
  • Make friends on campus
  • Get involved and keep busy! Work, intern, volunteer.
what can i do about it2
What can I do about it?
  • Be patient with yourself.
i don t belong here
“I don’t belong here”
  • You may start to think, “I don’t belong here”
    • They made a mistake @ admissions!
    • There is no one else here like me!
    • I don’t understand the assignments/materials
    • I can’t handle this
    • I don’t deserve to be here
coping with i don t belong
Coping with “I don’t belong…”
  • Internal
    • You ARE capable
    • There was no mistake
    • Without struggle there is no growth
    • You deserve it as much as anyone else (probably MORE so!)
  • External
    • Talk to someone
    • Find tutoring (writing center, peer tutoring center
    • Get involved
    • Get busy
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In the end, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks –

all that matter is what you think and

what you do.