#RonAbroad – How to Cope with Feeling Homesick While Abroad

By: Ronald Hobbs 

Bonjour!!! My Name is Ronald Hobbs, and I am currently a senior at Purdue University Calumet where I study history. I am studying abroad in Paris, France for the fall semester at the Institut Catholique de Paris through ISA. While I am here in this amazing place I will be sharing with you my many adventures (taking the metro every day is a big adventure!!), some tips for being abroad, many of my personal experiences, and random musing from my day-to-day life while in Paris. I hope that you follow my journey and follow me with #RonAbroad! Au revoir!!

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to focus on feeling homesick while being abroad and how I have been coping with it.

I have been feeling homesick for about two weeks now and I have noticed it creeping up on me in certain ways. For example – Unfamiliar things are starting to bother me a bit here that never did before, I am feeling slightly sad everyday, and I generally have felt a lack of energy. Here are a few things I have been doing to fill to overcome the feeling of being homesick.

1. Buying things that help me feel like I am home! Two of my main purchases are actually food related and really helped. One was a tea that reminds me of my favorite tea back home (a Japanese green tea with rose in it) at a local tea store and the other letting myself enjoy a little bit of American food here and there, whether it’ a burger from McDonald’s or hoagie from Subway. I have also been purchasing gifts for my friends and family. This has been helping me because it’s giving me something to get excited about and I just can’t wait to see how happy this makes them!

2. Talking to people from home. Being away, it’s completely normal to miss friends and family. While some may say that can communicating with people back in the states will make homesickness worse, I have found it to really help! In the beginning of my time abroad I wasn’t communicating with people back home much but now I talk to friends and family almost daily on Skype, Viber, and even Facebook Messenger! I love being able to feel very connected to them by sharing my daily activities and hearing what they have going on back home.

3. Staying busy! I found that exploring Paris as much as possible really takes my mind off of being homesick. I go to the movies at home at least 1-2 times a week (I am a cenephile), so I love going to the movies here! I also, keep myself busy with visiting many tourist attractions. Most recently I went to the like the salon du chocolate and a studio ghibli exposition!

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Like I said, feeling homesick is normal but there are ways to combat it! Don’t be afraid to make your home away from home even more of a home.

I look forward to telling you about more of my adventures to come! Stay tuned for my next post and follow #RonAbroad on GoEnnounce and Twitter!

 

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