When You Miss Your Home

19 January 2014 by Natasha
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Homesick has been one of the concerns studying abroad. Especially if you go somewhere thousand miles away. You can’t just hop into the train and go home easily.
Look how far it is ! I really can't just go home whenever I want to

Yes, I’ve been warned about homesick. But still, that is not something that should stop me studying abroad. Instead, it makes me more prepared knowing there will be times I miss home. From everybody’s experiences, they say there are stages concerning this and it is true for me! Well for my experiene, this was what happened;

The first time I arrived here, everything seems so beautiful. Previously I can only saw pictures of Groningen city and its beautiful canal, but I was really there by then, enjoying the sunny weather. This is called the honeymoon phase, where it still feels like a vacation going to Groningen. Then, as the classes started, I started to feel bored. It was like going back to normal daily life, only at a different place and surrounded with different people. After a few weeks, I started to see the bad things more. I still couldn’t accept the fact that eating out is expensive here compared back home. Thus, it was so annoying when it suddenly rains when I was cycling yet as I arrived home it became sunny.

The next thing I knew, I was already homesick. I missed how easy it was back home. I didn’t have to worry about what I would eat, laundry, etc. However, the good things here won over all those bad things. When feeling homesick, instead of locking myself in my room I did more things with my friends and everything became great again! This would be the final phase where I am back happy and I feel like I’m living here, not for vacation anymore but I already adapted to how things are and I am okay with it.

Now I am really thankful for the decision of studying abroad because I feel independent and I actually leave my comfort zone; home. Going here is one of my best decisions, meeting people from different cultures and background, having fun, and also studying new stuffs has broaden my perspective. Being back home might be easier, but I would not be who I am right now if I choose the easy way.

In addition, the technology now is so advanced that I can still interact with my friends back home with skype and whatsapp or line messenger from phone. For instance, I recently helped my friend with her poster by drawing some illustrations.

So, fear not because when you miss your home, you can always make new memories with new friends here but also still have a good relationship with your loved ones back home.

One of the illustrations I made for my friend. She is making a poster about tuberculosis disease. It is so great that I am still involved in my friends life :)