Family 411: Feeling homesick is part of learning for new college students

(MGN Online)

It's exciting for teens to begin their college career, but even the most independent freshmen may find it tough to adjust to a new routine and homesickness.

Students cheer for these freshmen arriving at their dormitory for the first time, but it's an event that can be rough on the whole family.

Feeling homesick is part of learning to live a new life and it's normal to miss what is familiar and comfortable.

Counselors say the most important step in overcoming homesickness is realizing there isn't anything wrong with you.

Opening up to new friends can feel awkward.

Stay connected to home. but not too connected.

These students bring the essentials to college, as well as some mementos.

Moving in with people you don't know can be stressful. but it's also an opportunity.

The number one piece of advice to fit in on campus is to get involved.

While some parents worry students may take on too much as they get adjusted to classes, the experts say look for new experiences.

Students tell us they sometimes have bouts of loneliness at school. but they say it's important to focus on the positive.

It is rare for homesickness to develop into something serious, but students say if you need help, don't keep it to yourself. Talk with a counselor or RA at your dorm.

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