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How long does it take you to cope with a new area?

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos about first day experiences and living in the new dorm in a new environment and most of the people who are taking videos seem pretty confident in themselves. I've never moved before in my ENTIRE LIFE and now all of a sudden I'm getting kicked out and moving to a room for the next four years?! And what about classes? Is it true you don't have classes every day? I changed schools from freshman to sophomore year and I felt like I was going to throw up! At least, I could've gone home... Now home is me...by myself...paying for my own stuff... How long will you be homesick? #college #life-transitions #academic-advising

For me moving to college over 5 months ago has been hard. In all honesty, I still haven't fully adjusted but it is better than it used to be. Stephen P.

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Krista’s Answer

I've lived in 4 countries in the last 10 years and the beginning is always hard. The best way to 'feel at home' is to write down the things you do like about this new place. Our mind is used to think in the negative and we want to hold on to the old, but then you block out the good in your new experience. Write a grateful journal daily and try to find 5 things you are thankful for. A new person, a new experience, beautiful nature, nice food, great library, something you've learned, a person who remembered your name etc. Small things which you appreciate and when you practice this daily you'll notice you'll feel better soon. Doesn't mean you won't miss where you come from but you won't feel bad about the new place either. Stay strong :-)

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Carla’s Answer

I was in the military and to adjust to a new way of life every 2 years. To ease my anxiety I would research as much as I could about the new place and jot down items that were interesting to me. Soon after arriving, I would begin to plan out my new interests. For example, when I moved to Japan the first thing on my list was to try Sushi and learn how to drive on the opposite side of the road. My biggest adventure was climbing Mt. Fuji. If you have a plan in place, it will help you venture out and see the place through fresh and exciting eyes.