September 2011

Overcoming Homesickness:

by ashleytwigg on September 30, 2011

Whether you’re a Freshman just moving out for the first time  or a Junior who just decided to live on campus, leaving home can be difficult to handle. It is a complete life change unlike any other you have experienced before. You feel a surge of independence but also a little break from the place you are leaving.  Once the excitement wears off, sometimes the homesickness kicks in. Here are a couple ways to defeat homesickness and stick it out in your new home.

Keep Busy

Ever notice that when you sit down for a while or have some free time that’s when you start thinking about things? You don’t need to bog yourself down with extreme plans, but just simply find things to do. If you are alone in your room, meet someone on your floor and see if they want to grab food or watch a movie.

Don’t Pack Up & Leave

Bridgewater State students typically come from cities and towns relatively nearby, which is great for holidays and home events  you don’t want to miss. However, being so close to home also makes it easy to leave your last class Friday, grab your backpack and leave campus for the weekend. For Freshman students, try not to go home for at least a couple weeks. Sometimes it is the weekends when events and things are going on that you meet the most people!

Pieces of Home

Bridgewater is great in the sense that the school allows you to have guests whenever you choose. If you are missing home, sometimes you just need to see someone from home to make you feel better. Call up a friend that may be studying at a different school, or invite a sibling up for a weekend night. Knowing that you have a piece of home with you, may be enough to ease your mind for a little bit longer while you adjust to your new lifestyle.

Know It’s OK

There is nothing wrong with being homesick. Your parents will understand if you have to admit that you miss being home. Don’t think you can’t call them or ask them for advice. They are still your family, and I’m sure they would love to hear from you.

Leave Your Comfort Zone

College is all about new experiences and challenging yourself. If there is an event at school that sounds remotely interesting to you, check it out. If there is a club or organization that you’d like to join, go see what they have to offer. The more you put yourself out there to new things, the more comfortable you are going to start feeling. As cliche as it sounds Bridgewater will become your second home.

All Part of the Experience

Moving away from home to college isn’t easy. It is a huge transition and a giant stepping stone from one part of life to the next. Being homesick and missing the comfort of your own home is completely natural. Overcoming the homesickness and sticking it out, making new friends and new memories is just a part of the ride. Don’t beat yourself up if you call home or even head home for a weekend here and there. College is a big change and it’s one people deal with differently. Take it a day at a time but most importantly ENJOY it!

 

How do you deal with being homesick? What advice would you give others who are missing home?

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As college students, the First Amendment enables us to have a free exchange of opinions and ideas, though negative or offensive. It’s our responsibility to dispute claims and participate in discussions challenging our morals.

“Being offended is what happens when you have your deepest beliefs challenged,” said Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). “If you go through four years of college without having your beliefs challenged, you should ask for your money back.”

FIRE is an organization who’s mission is “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities.” As a writer, the First Amendment is a right that I hold dearly, which allows me to challenge and be challenged.

This should be a must have in everyone’s education. What exactly are we paying for? We should be developing new ideas and being progressive with our education.Yes, college is a fun experience, but what we do with our education is important.

If some one is saying, writing, or doing anything that is offensive, hurtful, or unethical to you, then you should dispute them with logic, knowledge, and what you think is right. Never stoop down to their level – prove them wrong and stand tall.

It’s sad but true that we have to refute ideas of hate or otherwise hurtful speech, but if people focus on an ultimate goal of working together and calling for new ideas, then perhaps we can grow, prosper, and live together. Free of Hate. Free of Racism. Simply free..

 

 

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College is about developing and growing up as a person. Even more responsibilities are sprung onto us as college students with jobs, friends, family, extracurricular activities, and, of course, the school work. One could say that college students are circus performers because of the impressive balancing acts, but when it comes to my money and loans, I wouldn’t clown around.

Student Loans

College is expensive and students will need a helping hand. Student loans are a great way to help alleviate the stress of affording college; however, the kind of loan you choose could add even more stress. Federal loans are the way to go and students should avoid private loans, unless they absolutely need to. you Don’t be left behind – learn about your education costs. Here’s a list of terms that should educate you about the loan process.

According to CBS news, “student loan debt has outpaced credit card debt in this country” and is “likely to top $1 trillion this year.” CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis said that students should gather all loan information, consolidate, and make payments on time.

To get a head start on repayment, you should gather the information from each loan. Know what companies you borrowed money from, how much you owe, and the interest rate. If you gather this information, you will be a step ahead and well organized. Two different methods of eliminating debt are the Debt Snowball and the Debt Avalanche. 

Which ever method you chose, you should choose a repayment plan. The standard repayment plan gives you 10 years to pay off the debt with low monthly payments. Click the link above to see which method is more suited for you. The extended repayment stretches out payments along 25 years.

As for Private loans, terms can be changed anytime by the company. This can cause an essential strangle hold on the lifetime of the loan. Always, ALWAYS, look into all of your options with Federal Loans before you go with Private Loans.

It can be intimidating and tough to take control of finances after graduation, but it can be done. I’m not looking forward to it, but I know that I’ll make it.

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