We are so pleased to have lots of lovely students back on campus! The place is really starting to come alive once more! We hope you are enjoying your first few days at LSE, meeting lots of people and getting your bearings.
Starting university generates both excitement and anxiety about moving, studying and meeting new people. For some, this apprehension is quickly overcome as you adapt to a new environment; for others the transition takes longer and sometimes emerges as homesickness where you become preoccupied with thoughts of home and feeling a tad overwhelmed. If you’re suffering from homesickness, don’t feel alone - many new university students experience it too.
What might help?
- Talk to someone. If you haven’t yet made friends then try a tutor, supervisor, chaplain, nurse or counsellor or your welfare officer at LSESU.
- Keep in contact with home but make a real effort to make new friends at uni too. Decide whether the best policy for you is to have frequent contact with home (because contact makes you feel better), or little contact (because contact makes you feel worse). Think carefully about whether or not to go home at weekends. Some students find it helps to ease the transition; others find the constant readjustment makes them feel worse.
- Make a real effort to join societies/activities and to make at least one or two friends. This might feel very difficult, but the more you feel part of campus life, the less homesick you will feel.
- Try to establish a routine as soon as possible. The fuller your days are, the less time you will have to feel low.
- Remember to get enough food and sleep.
- If you want help with learning about relaxation and breathing techniques you can listen and download a series of MP3’s recommended by the LSE counselling team.
- If you feel you need to have a chat with someone, you can either call, book online or go to the Student Counselling Office and book an appointment with one of their highly qualified, confidential counsellors. They also have a series of short, drop in sessions too. Appointments for students are free.
Remember, it takes time to adjust to a new environment, new people and a new routine! Give yourself time to adjust: you don’t have to get everything right straight away!