College is a time of change for many people and it is only natural that you may experience feelings of homesickness. Whether this is your first time being away from your home environment or you are returning to school after a break, missing loved ones and spaces of comfort is to be expected. During these times, you may have feelings of sadness, loneliness or isolation. Additionally, some signs that you are feeling homesick include frequent crying, constant thoughts of home life or withdrawal from activities you usually enjoy.
It is important to realize that these feelings are very common and that you are not the only one feeling this way. In times like these, reaching out to your support system back home can be extremely helpful and may serve as a source of comfort. Getting involved in the UC Davis community may also help you adapt to the new environment and feel secure about being away from home. Self-care can also be especially useful during this time and you may want to try to do activities that typically bring you feelings or relaxation, joy or comfort. If you are experiencing homesickness longer than expected or if it starts to interfere with your day to day activities, you may want to utilize Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) to talk about these feelings. All students can schedule an appointment with SHCS by calling 530-752-2300.