The first year of college is definitely the most difficult transition-wise. You move away from home, whether it's just into the dorms or to another city or state — it's a little overwhelming.
But nobody mentioned the fact that I would feel lost and homeless until I felt comfortable at school!
Dorms are okay. You can make them your own and try to make them feel cozy, but it just isn't the same as "home."
I tried to decorate my side of the room like I had it back home, hoping that it would make me feel less homesick, but really, it did nothing. I even bought a fish to try and distract me from feeling lonely, but still, it fixed nothing.
No matter what I did while I was away at college, I could never feel 100 percent comfortable being there and that was hard.
So then I decided "I'll just go home for a weekend, that will solve it!" Wrong again. I returned home after a few weeks from college to my hometown and I felt like a stranger to where I grew up.
Nothing changed. The town was the exact same as when I had left, the same people resided there, yet I felt out of place. Once I got home and sat with my family it felt good to see them, but my house didn't really feel the same.
I was at home but I felt like I was in someone else's.
I have gone home multiple times since I started college. And to this day I feel like I don't have a home. My house is just somewhere I visit now with the people I love and my dorm is only a temporary place for me to stay with some new roommate.
A plus side to feeling this way is it gives you more motivation to save up money and get your own place. That may be the only positive I think, because feeling lost/homeless really sucks. It happens to the best of us though, and you can get through it!