Though college is a time for new experiences and growth as an individual, you may experience loneliness or homesickness during your time at Georgetown. Here are some practical solutions to help you cope with these feelings.
Take Advantage of Weekends/Breaks
For those who are feeling homesick, taking advantage of breaks and holidays can be a great way to reconnect with family and friends. It might seem easier for those who live closer to Georgetown to head home, but there are options for those who live farther away as well.
Many students utilize bus services such as Bolt Bus (boltbus.com) and Megabus (megabus.com) as options for traveling because this is an affordable option. Sometimes travel by train or plane is viable as well, especially for those who live farther away. The important thing is to plan ahead. When you can’t head home, even just giving your family and friends a call or Skyping with them can help ease loneliness. A simple phone conversation can really make someone’s day!
Form New Friendships
Another important strategy for handling loneliness is to form new relationships. It can be hard moving to a new area and trying to get acclimated to college life. Once you begin to meet people and form new relationships, it becomes much easier to handle the separation from your old friends and loved ones.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
It is hard to make new friends and operate in a new environment without first stepping outside your comfort zone. For those who have been students at Georgetown for longer than a year or two, getting out of your comfort zone might also provide you with a new perspective. One of the easiest things you can do is join an organization on campus. Getting involved in extracurricular activities will help with loneliness and homesickness by exposing you to new people and activities.
There are also professionals available to talk you through any difficulties you may be having. You are not alone! Feel free to contact campus respurces directly to speak with someone if you feel that you would like further assistance.
There are many resources on campus to assist you:
Dr. Patrick Kilcarr
Director, Center for Personal Development
1437 37th St NW, Poulton Hall Suite 101
Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
One Darnall Hall