Aseem was very close to his parents and siblings. He knew that living away from them would be difficult, but did not anticipate just how intensely he would feel. He often found himself thinking of his family. Everything reminded him of something back home. It became difficult for Aseem to engage himself with anything here. He felt worse when everyone around seemed to be doing so well. Continuing like this for four years felt impossible! He just wanted to go back to all things familiar!
While some IITians may have lived away from home before, for some others this may be their first time away. Either way, it is natural to be experiencing a range of different emotions. Moving out from our home and loved ones to a campus with people we don’t know is not easy. One may feel a sense of loss, longing for home and all its related aspects (the food!), or feeling lonely. Whatever your experience may be, know that it is okay.
Finally, remember that you’re not always going to feel this way and it gets easier.
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If these feelings of missing home continue, you’re feeling overwhelmed and it’s interfering with your life on campus, please reach out for help.