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September 28, 2012

Homesickness common among new college students

College students experience homesickness


Parents need not necessarily be alarmed that their son or daughter sheds some tears during phone conversations, she said, but drastic changes in behavior should be taken seriously. 

If a student experiences sharp declines in appetite or academic performance or an inability to get out of bed, it may be time for him or her to go home.

Prolonged homesickness, Fisher added, may also be a sign that an individual isn't ready for college life. 

Students new to college in the fall have typically adjusted by Columbus Day weekend in October, she said, and those who haven't will likely not adjust anytime soon. 

Shuttleworth recommends that parents listen to and not push children who are adamant and persistent about not being ready to be away at school.

"Some students recognize that they aren't actually ready to leave home," she said.  

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TO GET HELP Plattsburgh State students who are struggling with homesickness or depression or would simply like to speak with a counselor may contact the college's Center for Student Health and Psychological Services at 564-3086 or The center, which is located directly behind Saranac Hall on Rugar Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For crisis services after business hours, individuals should contact University Police at 564-2022 or call 911.

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