Homesickness-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

Homesickness

Homesickness is a common struggle for many students. It is important to remember that what is often at the core of homesickness is not simply that your student is away from home, but rather that they haven’t made Carnegie Mellon another place to call home. Returning home often (or focusing on wanting to be back home) can keep the homesick student from creating familiarity. Encourage your student to find places on campus to create routines, take study breaks, exercise, and enjoy a snack. Also, advocate that they take steps to make living spaces comfortable, with reminders of home.  You can also suggest that your son or daughter join a new club or organization.