It’s Okay to Be Homesick

By Brook Salvador1851 Contributor 

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Brook Salvador in front of the new Lasell sign. Photo courtesy of Maddie Avery.


When I first arrived on campus on move in day, I was eager to finally arrive at campus, but as we got closer It felt like I had butterflies in my stomach, and my heart was racing as If I was sick. I could hear sounds of students laughing as I walked into check in, I couldn’t wait to make new friends.  When I was looking at my best friend that came with me it was such a bittersweet moment, knowing I had to let go of home, and all my friends.

I’ll never forget when I got there people were so welcoming and friendly, opening doors for my family and I.  I was so excited to call lasell my second home. I met my roommates before coming to lasell, and we instantly became close. The first few days I took time to get out of my comfort zone by doing things such as knocking on people doors and introducing myself.  A few days in I met a lot of my close friends, but even after making friends I still missed home.

There were a lot of things I missed about being home; Sleeping in my own bed, waking up to my dogs in my face, having the ability to make my own breakfast, and most importantly, my family.  Being able to hang out with my family was something I missed the most. Every night my parents and I watched the “ Goldburgs” and I missed laughing with my family. My sister and I were close as well, so it was hard leaving her because she would always give me the best advice, although I can always Facetime her, it’s just not the same as it is in person.  I always loved being able to play with my dogs after a long day, but at school I never have the advantage to do that. During the first couple of weeks I learned that it was okay to be homesick once in a while.  The most important thing you can do in college is to keep yourself busy and step out of your comfort zone.

In school I learned that it is okay to be nervous to make new friends, and to be nervous of the future. New beginnings can be difficult sometimes, but after you start to settle in all the nerves start to go away. Looking back now I am glad I chose lasell, and the experience I’ve had so far. I am eager to further my education and explore more about myself in the years to come.

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