Being homesick is totally normal and everyone goes through it in their own way. There comes a point in the semester when, despite all the fun you’re having, part of you just wants to be home. The important thing when feeling homesick is not to let it grow. At BU there is always something to do and people to do it with: whether it be going to a basketball or hockey game, heading down to the FitRec for a pick-up game or working out, going to the library to work on some of your studies, or simply hanging around with the other international students in the city is always a great way to get your mind off of your homesickness.
Another great way to prevent homesickness from kicking in is to stay in touch with your friends and family throughout the semester. With Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, and the thousand other messaging applications it is quite easy, and fortunately BU’s WiFi broadband is large enough to handle all the long distance friendships going around. Another tip I’d give is to make sure you have a local phone people can call you on. This is not only cheaper, but incredibly convenient to help find something to do around Boston or figuring out where everyone is. BU’s George Sherman Union is right across the street from a well known electronics store which I’d suggest you visit as soon as you’re here, since it has several pre-paid plans from the main U.S. mobile carriers that will help you stay in touch with home.
Boston is a fantastic experience, which only gets better when you share it with your friends and family back home!