Eva: “Things to Do When You’re Homesick”

Hello #FutureBadgers, my name is Eva Cox. I’m from St. Paul, Minnesota, so I’m well prepared for the cold winters Madison will deliver. I plan to study mechanical engineering while exploring other subjects I might want to minor/double major in. I like Zumba, creating Spotify playlists, and using coupons (still looking for one for my college tuition). My hope is whether you’re a first-year student, transfer student, or whatever the case, you can relate and connect to my own experiences as I transition from highschool to college.

For most of us, we just graduated. This summer is flying by, and, before you know it, move in day will be here! With great change there, is a whole lot of emotions to deal with. So far, I’ve been hit with waves of excitement, anxiety, and nostalgia. I remember zoning out in my chair at graduation, thinking about how much time I have before college. Now, I can’t believe it’s already July! I had anticipated grabbing my diploma everyday for the past four years, but once I got it, it felt like a book just ended and a longer much more difficult book just began.


The hardest thing about leaving for college will be saying goodbye to my friends and family. Though, as Winnie the Pooh said, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Reading this quote has coupled my sadness with an appreciation for the people in my life who have filled it with joy and happiness. I will deeply miss all of the people that I’m used to seeing everyday. Therefore, I came up with a few ideas to feel closer to them while I’m away:

  •   Call your parents: They won’t ever ignore your call (unless they’re my parents)
  •   Scroll through old photos on your camera roll
  •   Look at all the photos you’re tagged in on social media
  •   FaceTime/Skype a buddy who lives far away
  •   Snapchat someone you haven’t in awhile
  •   Text everyone you miss a compliment (They’re bound to respond)
  •   Write your hometown BFF a handwritten letter (Snail mail is the best!)
  •   Recite your high school’s anthem, then sing it to your whole residence hall floor
  •   Review all those old homework assignments you’d spend all night doing (if they aren’t already burned)

Okay…Maybe don’t do the last couple, but if you find yourself missing your friends or family, they’re only one call away. Although our loved ones will be far away, we can handle the distance! As soon-to-be Badgers, we’re going to rock at college and all it has to offer. As one of my good friends said in her graduation speech, “It’s time to let go of the senior slide and embrace the freshman 15!” This is it Badgers, we’re finally heading off to college, and I’m so excited to share this journey with you!


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