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How to deal with homesickness at university

International students at the University of Vermont walk around Burlington

Some homesickness is an inevitable part of living away from friends and family, but there is an easy way to fight it – make UVM your new home. If you can change your point of view, it will help you settle. Stop comparing, and start exploring!

Join in on campus

Sometimes it can feel easier to be on your own, but it can make you feel worse. Try not to stay in your room, if you could be out doing something. All your classmates are in the same situation too. Remember that, and talk to them about how you are feeling. It will help comfort them too. Be bold and invite someone out to look around with you!

Explore Vermont

Living and studying in the US is a fantastic opportunity. Make the most of your time here by having a good look around. Stepping out of your comfort zone should prompt you to try new things and find new interests. America has a long tradition of welcoming those from other countries, and Vermont is a particularly open-minded and laidback state. Living in the city of Burlington, you will feel like a local in no time!

There are lots of fun things to see and do around campus, in Burlington, and further afield. Vermont is well known for its independent spirit, and Burlington is no exception. It's a city full of character. There are loads of great places to eat, markets, art and music venues – and a beautiful quiet waterfront if you want to relax. Visit the frozen Lake Champlain in the winter, or take a tour around the world-famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory.

Sports in Vermont

If you had a favourite hobby at home, you will probably be able to carry it on at UVM - or you can find some new hobbies. UVM’s location means it offers opportunities for a lot of adventure sports, especially snow sports. Take the opportunity to go on a university-organised skiing trip, or try sailing, climbing or a team sport.

If you prefer watching sports, you can attend an ice hockey game, which is a popular local activity. Why not get a few classmates together and watch a game? It’s a great day out, and something you don’t get to do everywhere.

Be patient

Don't panic if you feel like you are not settling straight away; there are things you can do. You have moved to another country, and it will take time to adjust. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, and if you need someone to speak to, you will find help at the International Study Center.

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