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Coming to college can be a difficult transition as we move away from our friends and family and experience our newfound independence. Current circumstances can make it even more difficult to stay connected and feel at home on campus. Even if it’s not obvious, many students are experiencing the same feelings of homesickness and loneliness. Here are some helpful tips to cope.


Keep in touch

Keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Even if you’re attending different colleges or living in different cities, it’s important to check in and catch up. If you’re struggling, reach out to someone you trust and talk through it. Staying in contact with people we love can help us feel like we’re not alone and remind us that we have people to rely on in tough times.


Explore

Transitions can be hard, but they tend to get easier once you get used to your new surroundings. Take some time to explore campus and areas around Boulder. You may even find a new favorite place to grab a coffee, study or hang out between classes.


Get connected

While physical distancing can put a damper on making friends, it’s still important to get connected on campus. Start by getting to know your roommate and other members of your cohort. Make plans to hang out and spend time together having fun. You can also get involved on campus by joining a student organization, signing up for an Intramural Sports league, attending events or forming study groups in class. Remember to be inclusive and know that other students may also be struggling. If it looks like someone is uncomfortable in a group, help to break the ice by getting to know them and introducing them to others. 


Set a routine

Establishing a routine is a great way to ease anxiety and feelings of uncertainty. Don’t worry, you don’t have to make a minute-by-minute schedule - a rough plan will do. For instance, consider taking the same route to and from your classes, plan to have your meals around the same time each day and create a morning and nighttime routine to help you get enough sleep (7-9 hours per night). Creating a routine, no matter how small it may be, can help you feel more in control of your day. 


Find resources to help

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling, you’re not alone. There are plenty of resources on campus that can help. Here are a couple to check out:

  • Attend Fri-Yay Night events to connect with other students, find new hobbies and join a community on campus. For a full list of events happening this semester, check out the Student Affairs website.
  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides confidential mental health services. New students can make a screening appointment through your MyCUHealth portal. Screening appointments help providers assess your needs and explore options. They are also used to develop individualized treatment plans, which may include therapy groups, topic-specific workshops, community providers, short-term individual therapy and psychiatry or a combination of these services. You can also explore free educational workshops online. Call CAPS at 303-492-2277 to sign up.
  • Peer Wellness Coaching is a free service where students can meet with a trained Peer Wellness Coach to set goals, explore resources, build connections and take steps towards becoming the person you want to be at CU.

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