This week, Agony Al received several emails regarding homesickness, from clients who have just moved out to start their scholarship in the U.S. Homesickness affects nearly everyone from time to time, so you shouldn’t feel like your alone if you are missing home!
I have just moved to Utah to start pre-season on my soccer scholarship and have been here for 2 weeks but I’m starting to get really homesick and miss all my friends and family and even daft stuff like food. I know that I’ve done really well to get my scholarship and I would be really letting everyone down if I went home but I don’t know what to do. Please help!
You’re right, being on scholarship in the states is an opportunity of a lifetime, but even students who move 50 miles from home will still get homesick from time to time. You’ll probably think that life back home is changing rapidly without you but once you go home for the holidays, you’ll soon realise that barely anything will have changed, and you’ll probably look forward to going back out to Utah! We even wrote a blog post about homesickness, so take a look and you might find something that will work for you. Things like Skype and social networking can keep you connected with people back home more than ever before, and your roommate and team mates will quickly become a second family!
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