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Embassy English 28 December 2016 - by Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, Student, Embassy English Melbourne

My Embassy Life: How to Deal with Homesickness when Studying Abroad


Ángela Carolina Botero Zuluaga, our newest My Embassy Life student blogger, has been working as a journalist in her home country of Colombia, she knew that in order to achieve her goals of taking her career to the next level, she needed to improve her English language skills. Because Angela’s dreams also included international travel, particularly to Australia, when she discovered  Embassy Melbourne, she knew had found the perfect programme. As part of her intensive English language immersion, Angela will be writing weekly articles for Study Group’s Brightly Blog, as well as acting as a guest contributor to the Embassy English Blog. Stay tuned to follow Angela’s Embassy Life in fascinating Melbourne, Australia

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I want to come back to my home! How to overcome homesickness when studying abroad.

Travel to other country not only involves learning a new language, meeting new people and getting one of the best experiences in our lives. It also implies being brave enough to understand other ways of thinking and to try to create a new life while you are studying. The most important is never give up setting your academic and personal goals.

The first days you are overseas, all is about exploring and discovering a new world. However, we cannot deny that after a few months we begin with mixed feelings. From my experience, I could say I used to miss my family, my city, my bedroom and even the food of my country. Well, I still miss my food and of course my family!

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For some of us, this should be the first moment in which we are feeling homesickness. Research suggests that up to 70 percent of students moving out of home for the first time experience it at some point.

Some of the symptoms are depression, nostalgia, anxiety, loneliness and even some people can suffer claustrophobia according with The University of Melbourne.

What Helps

Our campus in Melbourne is characterized by the diversity of students and each one is living their own experience. Nevertheless, we do not really know what is going on inside of them.

As a result, our campus has the Student Services Counselling.

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“In counselling the students can come to see me and talk about the problems they have. It is available for all students to assist and work through any concerning issues that they might experience. This service is totally confidential and the idea is trying to reach a solution,” says Carolyn Thai, Student Counsellor at Study Group in Melbourne.

But not only homesickness is common among students; Carolyn also underlined that other topics such as time management, drug and alcohol misuse, stress and anxiety are part of the issues students can get support and orientation in Student Services Counselling.

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Tips for battling homesickness:

 

  • Try to maintain keep in touch with your family.
  • Enjoy Melbourne! Go to clubs, planning short journeys with your new friends and taste new food.
  • Do not be alone at home so try to be more social. There are different activities where you can meet new people.
  • Always try to keep so busy. In this way, you avoid thinking a lot by yourself.
  • Think that you are not the only one who is feeling in the same way, so try to connect with other people and try to talk about it and how they are feeling as well.
  • Keep active. Physical activity often lifts our mood.
  • Establish some kind of routine so that life takes on a sense of normalcy.

 

 

To learn more about studying English in exciting Embassy Melbourne in Australia, contact us today! 

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