University: Keeping Busy To Avoid Homesickness.

For me one of the main things that I found (and still do find) hard about being at university is being away from home. My first two years I was so homesick. All I wanted to do was catch a train back to Carmarthen where I would have my lovely, clean house, my mum cooking me delicious meals and my friends, family and boyfriend surrounding me. This year, however, I was determined to enjoy life away from home more and have found that keeping busy has helped a lot. I haven’t been homesick once (although I am seriously missing my power shower and dish washer) and am so proud of myself for staying for nearly three weeks whereas before I didn’t stay more than about six days,

Here are a few things I have done these past two weeks to keep myself busy and to embrace university life, and if you’re a homebird like me and feel a bit lost with what to do in your free time then I would definitely suggest these! 

1. Explore

For two years I have lived in Cardiff and have been a ten minute walk away from a beautiful park filled with gardens, a huge lake and lots of beautiful countryside. I live in rural Wales so always miss the countryside when I’m in the city. Get out and explore your surroundings! You will be surprised at the things you find and the hidden gems you see!

2. Have a night in

This year I have transferred to the Cardiff Miss Selfridge store so have had no choice but to stay in Cardiff on weekends where I could usually go home. To keep myself busy in the nights I have been spending times with friends and enjoying lovely evening meals in front of the television. Cooking with friends is a great way to save money and it’s also a nice way to catch up!

3. Work out

For me a great way to keep busy is to work out. I love going to the gym to blow off steam and to get pumped! It also helps me to stay in shape when I’m tempted by nights out and takeaways! (Although I have actually been super healthy and have only eaten a pizza once!!) Join some gym classes, a sports team or if you’re not a fan of the gym go for a run or power walk. You will feel so much better for it!

4. Embrace university

Obviously the main reason you’re in university is to get a degree. I’m slightly overwhelmed by the amount of work I’ll have to do this year so have been kept really busy by doing my readings and writing up lecture notes before the dreaded assignments begin. I have also been writing for the university magazine and keeping up with my blog which always keeps you busy! Get involved with everything that the university has to offer and study hard!

5. Party!

One of the best things about university is the social life! I absolutely love going out and it’s a great way to meet new people, get dressed up and have some fun! Socialising and having a great group of friends will help you to feel a little more at home in your new home.

How do you keep busy at university?

Lots of love, 

Jessie. xoxo

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  1. Roxy Cole
    October 10, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Must be so hard being away from home 🙁 I hope you get used to it and enjoy the experience!! would love it if you could follow my blog and leave a comment beaut!

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      October 10, 2014 / 10:09 pm

      I'm only just over an hour away so it's not too far but I'm such a homebird! I am enjoying my experience much more now thanks hun 🙂 will be sure to stop by your blog asap xx

  2. Leah and Rachel Collins
    October 10, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    This is such a great post! Home sickness is an awful thing but I'm glad your finding it easier. Keeping busy always helps me too. x x

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      October 10, 2014 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much my lovelies 🙂 xx

  3. Shannon Murray
    October 10, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    Aww this is such a sweet post with great tips. Keeping busy definitely helps me too. I'm only a first year and have been away from home for just over a month and it is very hard and I keep crying and getting into a state because I'm home sick but it does happen to everyone. I think business is key.Thank you for this lovely post!Shannon

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      October 10, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Aww thank you so much Shannon! Keep sticking to it, you're doing so well 🙂 I used to cry all the time too; it's so hard at first, but you will get used to it.. If you ever need a chat be sure to drop me a tweet – @jessieann48. So glad you liked the post! xx

  4. Nicole Sage
    October 10, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    Aww I'm so glad you've learnt to cope with it now, i was terrible in my second year when i lived in Finland as i literally felt so far away and just missed english things in general! Completely agree that keeping busy is the key to coping and just throwing yourself in to everything! xxx

    • Jessie-Ann Lewis
      October 10, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks babe! I can't believe you went to Finland 😮 that's amazing! I wish I had the guts to do something like that. I bet it was hard being in a country so completely different to the UK though. Thanks lovely xxxx

  5. Styla Petite
    October 11, 2014 / 9:12 am

    Absolutely agree keeping busy is the key!! I was awful at Uni I got so homesick in my 2nd and 3rd years that I never stayed more than a week and went home every weekend – wish I had tried a little harder so really glad this is working for you and hopefully you'll get some real positives out of it!! Looks like you're having fun now too which is the most important thing!!

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