When Homesickness Hits College

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Research suggests 7 percent  of U.S. college students will experience homesickness so bad that it affects their ability to enjoy college.

By now, your teen is deep into the throws of college — and hopefully enjoying it. But what happens when they aren’t enjoying that away time from home? It’s a tough decision for parents to make. Do you empathize with her and come to her rescue or do you talk her through it, instilling love and confidence?

Being homesick is normal for college students according to Dr. Edward Walton, director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Beaumont. Walton, along with Dr. Christopher Thurber of the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, has studied homesickness in postsecondary students.

In an article on Berkley Patch, Walton is quoted, “Everyone has to move away at some point. And, everyone misses something about home.” But for some sufferers, homesickness is so intense it becomes painful and debilitating, he said.

“Students who are homesick are three times more likely to drop out of college,” Walton said.

There are things you can do to prevent homesickness in college students. It starts with giving children some independence and allowing them to do some decision-making on their own.

Read more tips from Dr. Walton here.

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