Fall semester is a busy time, between getting used to living away from your families, starting a new school, adjusting studying habits, and the pressure of academia, there is going home for the holidays too. For some, not going home for the holidays can also be a problem too. This is where the holiday blues hit.
Often, first-generation students (along with students from continuing education families) are hit with the holiday blues. Whether it is dealing with the anxiety of going home after months of not seeing your family and not wanting to see them, waiting until the day you can go see your family at last, or not having a home to go to and having to deal with finding housing during your holiday breaks. Regardless of the situation you may be in, you are not alone. Many students around holiday breaks are confronted with difficult situations such as these, and we want to encourage our Be Preppy students to talk to someone if they start to feel even more uneasy as the breaks roll in.
When you go home for the holidays…
For those anxious about going home, sometimes the best thing to do if you are feeling homesick and now visiting may only make it worse, look at your situation this way. This time is valuable to catch up on all the great things you have been doing and what has been going on since you went away. Try to avoid looking at all things you did not get to experience with your family as a loss, but as a stepping stone to an important day that will make visiting worth it, each time.
When you don’t go home for the holidays…
For those worried about not wanting to go home due to family complications, colleges do offer housing over holiday breaks. While only done during extreme circumstances, it is an option if you do not want to go home, and often financial aid will cover the cost. For those that do not have a home to go to, this is one of those situations where your college can provide you housing over the break. They understand that some students come from difficult backgrounds and that going “home” is not an option. If you do not want to stay on campus housing, see if a friend will house you over break, it never hurts to ask, after all sometime the chosen family you make is just as strong of a support system as your blood family.
Making the best of your holiday break.
Set expectation early on of how you intend to spend your holiday break. Actually plan out how you intend to spend your time. Set some time aside for family, personal reflection, friends, and studying and any other personal goals. Look into getting a seasonal job so save money for the next semester. The break is also a great time to volunteer. Service hours and projects helps to enhance your resume.
For more tips on how to navigate the college scene check out our blog 5 Things No One Tells You When You Start College.
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