Transitioning to college life can be challenging

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between September 26, 2018 and October 2, 2018.

September 25, 2018

If you’re feeling homesick while away at college, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA revealed that 71 percent of first-year college students reported they “occasionally” or “frequently” felt lonely or homesick.

The many symptoms of homesickness can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Desire to go back home
  • Feeling of loneliness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Simple tasks appear difficult and challenging
  • Sense of insecurity

These emotional symptoms, if not addressed, can also lead to physical symptoms. Everyone needs to talk to someone sometimes, and that’s okay. If you or someone you know is having a difficult time:

  • Send an email to [email protected]
  • Speak with the university’s case manager by calling 863-874-8599.
  • Stop by the ASC East to schedule an on-site counseling appointment.
  • Call the BayCare Student Assistance Program at 800-878-5470 to schedule an appointment on campus, on at another more convenient location.
  • Call Peace River Center’s 24-hour Mobile Crisis Response Team in Lakeland at 863-519-3744.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Life-Line at 800-273-8255.

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