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Vanessa Maglaya: It’s okay to be homesick

Many international students experience homesickness. Living far away from our comfort zone isn’t that easy. The question is how did I combat homesickness? Knowing that I am living some miles away from my family and friends. During my first few months, I did not feel homesick because I was excited for my new life in Townsville! Excited to discover my so called second home. I have enjoyed discovering Townsville, like where I can hang around, where to go shopping, where to go during my spare time.

As the year goes on the reality of being far away from home is now starting to sink in. While I am not busy discovering Townsville, I realise how far away I am from my family, the reality that I am far away from my loved ones. I realised it would be fun to explore and share this wonderful place with them but I consider the fact that I am here to study, that is why I am away from them.

What I do to reduce homesickness is I talk to them every day. Whenever I go out and hang around, I try to call them if possible and show them where I am, and what I am doing. I take photos and send it to them. I also try to make as many friends as I can. I have met people from various places around the world and have made great friends who make living here fun. Making as many friends as possible, and keeping in contact with your family back home as often as you can, is the best way to combat homesickness. Another key is to enjoy and have fun, love what you are doing and where you are, luckily Townsville makes this easy, and you will be less likely to experience homesickness.

Posted on 15th Jun 2017

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