Being Homesick is SO Normal

blogThe hardest part of my first year at BGSU was adjusting to being away from home. I was so homesick at first. I would call my family multiple times a day and go down to visit them everychance I got. I cried every time I had to leave them, and even considered dropping out of school so I could go to school closer to home. I was convinced that I would not be able to make it through my first year.

As more time went by, however, I met more people and I became more involved in activities around campus. The adjustment started to get a little easier. Yeah, I still called them every day and I was still sad when I left my family, but I was also a little excited to go back to school and see my new friends and find new activities to do.

At first I felt guilty about wanting to go back to school because I felt like it meant I didn’t love or miss my family as much anymore. I started to realize, though, that that wasn’t true at all. I was just finding myself and my independence. College is a time to start over in life, to choose who you want to be. I was afraid to do that at first, but the more I tried, the easier it became.

Do I still get homesick now, as a senior? Yes, but I know that I can work through it and my family will always be there.

My favorite part of my first year at BGSU was meeting all of the new people around campus. I became friends with people on my floor, in my classes, while I was out socializing… pretty much anywhere I went, there were more and more people to meet!

As a matter of fact, four years later, some of those friends who I made freshman year are my best and closest friends now. I don’t know what I’d do without them, and I am so grateful that they came into my life.

College is an unpredictable time, with its extreme ups and its extreme downs and everything in between, but in the end, it’s all worth it. – Madie 


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