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I love my suite-style residence with a full stove and oven. I love that the room door blocks out a lot of noise, I love the convenient location, and I love my school. But I also love my family, and I know a lot of people have been starting to feel pangs of homesickness recently. Here are some great ways to cure it!

Skype

Skype is the least expensive way (that I know of) to keep in touch. Of course there’s a learning curve for those parents like mine who don’t particularly like technology, but it’s free between Skype users. Skype allows you to video call, as well as instant message…or both at the same time!

Use the Phone for Calling

I rarely do this, but it is a relatively inexpensive way to chat nationally or internationally using a calling card. My parents don’t like to video call, email, or text, so this is what I do most of the time. Some calling cards are better deals than others, so do some research! If you like to call a lot or talk for extended periods of time, look into adding long distance minutes onto your phone plan. It might end up being a better deal than using calling cards all the time.

Visit at Strange Times

For international students, it’s much more difficult to visit home because often, you need the whole weekend just to fly home and back. However, visiting at strange times (i.e. not during holidays, or when most of your other classmates are going home) will make you appreciate your time at home more. Why? Because it’s not already a “given” that you’ll be home. You knew before you left home that you would visit for the Winter Holidays, but you might not have known that you were going to visit in the middle of November. Surprise! I encourage you to break your home-visit routines!

Visit at Expected Times

Take the time to live as you did before you left home, with your family. The reason that you are homesick is because you miss the everyday, trivial aspects of your family life. Don’t spend all of your time eating out, catching up, and running errands related to your school life. Allow yourself to live at home the way that you used to – whether it’s locked up in your room or stuck at the mall.

How do you keep in touch? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of jbachman01 via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0).

check out the video below for more ways to deal with homesickness
Dealing with Homesickness at College

How do you deal with homesickness? Post comments below!