By Jounghun Kim |Staff Writer|
Once you find the reason for being home sick, the next measure you can take is to make new friends, be around a busy environment and keep associating with the people in your daily lives that will make you happy.
Joining clubs, participating in campus activities will help you meet others and keep you preoccupied.
Many of the Korean students on campus have taken it upon themselves to belong in clubs like the soccer team, the study club or the language exchange club.
Enjoy your time alone. Whether or not you have friends around, you still can enjoy many activities with the company of yourself.
Make a list of things you really like to do, such as exercising, basketball, soccer, puzzles or anything you have wanted to do but have yet to do so.
For instance, I go to the gym alone.
Often times I join people who are actively playing basketball and by doing so I create new friends in the process.
Plan a short trip to a place you know you would enjoy. Even if it is just to visit a relative or friends you haven’t seen for a long time.
Keep the trip active and take little mini games like a pack of cards to fill in the spare time.
Staying busy and entertainment is possibly the number one way to avoid being homesick for very long.
Students like Geewoo Moon shared some personal tips to face homesickness.
Moon enjoys cooking recipes from his homeland of Korea. He makes sure to always prepare a meal just like his mom did.
He found relief in meeting fellow Koreans and sharing his experience.
“I have met many Korean students and it helps me a lot to deal with homesickness,” said Moon. “I got the blues when I first came to America, but it gets better in time after hanging out with my Korean friends.”
Moon has used methods like contacting his family and friends at least once a week by using an online messenger like Skype.
There are many procedures you can take in a faster recovery to being homesick, though sometimes it isn’t easy you must find a solution that works best for you.