International Student Perspective

As a boarding student at Blair, it is easy to feel lonely and isolated. If you are an international student as well, things may feel even more difficult. I remember how challenging it was to adjust to a completely different culture and environment when I first came to America in seventh grade. Five years have past since then, but being away from home can still be overwhelming. Here are some tips that I learned that helped me cope with homesickness:

  1. Eat food from home! Having familiar food can relieve your stress and reminds you of family.
  2. Get out of your room to hang out with your friends! It is important to branch out and meet new people. Keeping yourself busy gives you less time to be alone.
  3. Get a hobby! If you can find something that you enjoy, you will be so consumed in pursuing that passion that you won’t have much time to think about home.
  4. Call your family/friends! Talking to a familiar face could pick you up when you are struggling.
  5. Take a nap! Sleeping can put you in a fresh and renewed mood.
  6. Leave campus! Even going down to Gourmet or the Diner could make you feel better.
  7. If you must, do not be afraid to ask for help! Blair has amazing counselors who are willing to listen and to advise you on whatever difficulties you may be going through.

(Copyright 2018 Shauna Kwag)

Shauna Kwag


Shauna Kwag is a senior editor at Blair Academy. She hopes to integrate her interest in poetry, languages, and sports into her work.