Friday, November 12, 2010
Homesickness is one of the most common adjustment problems realtated to culture shock and loneliness.Experienced by students from every country, homesickness is a universal side-affect to being away from home.
Feelings of homesickness may even start before you leave to study abroad in and you may find yourself mildly depressed or anxious several weeks before leaving. The anticipation and preparation for this major change of lifestyle can trigger pre-departure homesickness, or sudden feelings that you don'y want to leave, or even a want to back out of your decision to study abroad.
Some students might experience homesickness within the first few days or weeks of being abroad, while others might not be hit by homesickness until later on, or closer to the holidays. Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, family events or even family illness or death can all cause you to feel homesick, or make you wish you were at home. Also, many students report increased feelings of homesickness during the winter months when darkness, rainy weather and the cold can lead to feelings of depression.