Moving away from home for the first time? I know it’s quite natural to be homesick, especially if you have never lived far from your friends and family.
But, Manchester is different. You can’t be homesick here. I highly doubt it. But, if you are worried about that, I have a remedy for you.
#1 – Blow the cobwebs away
One reason why you might feel homesick may be that you are not shaking the laziness out of you. Go out, and grab something to eat even if you are not hungry. The positive impact of human presence around you is more likely to make you feel better than hiding under your blanket or staring at the blank walls in your quiet room. All student dorms have a café or a restaurant near them. Oxford Road and the Curry Mile could be great hotspots for finding a nice place to sit and eat. Find a buddy, smile at strangers and you are more likely to enjoy your time.
#2 – Make new friends, course mates or floor mates!
It doesn’t make any difference if you are living in a single accommodation, all by yourself or in a shared one – you could be homesick and it might be too late until you realize where the real problem lies. Sometimes, people tend to mind their own business. It’s wise most of the times, of course, but making a new friend or two ain’t no harm. It could be your floor mates or someone you know from your class. Being busy with people around you, who are there to share your news and thoughts and having someone to listen to, is a great idea to strangle the loneliness intimidating you.
#3 – Wicked Weekend
Weekends could be extra boring and mundane if you don’t have friends to hang out with. If you are not a night owl, you might have a higher chance of suffering homesickness. If you pass by the Student’s Union, you will see guys and girls eager to stuff your pocket with a flyer or brochure for any event coming up, musical nights, gigs, theatre plays, and what not. It’s not too bad sometimes to spend a penny on entertainment. The AMC cinema in town is a nice place to hit any time and you will find a movie of your choice awaiting you.
#4 – Share your thoughts!
It’s always, always wise to tell others what you have in mind. The Health and Wellbeing service at the university could be of great help. Don’t be shy. Express yourself. You will get away from the sinking feeling.
#5 – Out of sight, out of mind
I know I make it sound more technical now, but studies could have a positive feedback or a negative feedback on you. It depends on how you treat it. If you focus on your courses more, you are less likely to think of what’s going on back home, who’s coming over for a family dinner and what your dog did with your younger sibling.
When you have ample time, you let the devil do its job. You might lose interest in getting up in mornings, slack off and end up with missing mom’s home made food, the warmth of your bedroom, and the close friend who is always there for you.
So, it’s time to be more active, conserve your energy and make the most out of your stay in this lovely place, Manchester.