Homesick In College? You're Not Alone

For The Homesick College Freshman, We've All Been There, You're Not Alone

Many upperclassmen will agree. They've been there too.


Here it is. Freshman year of college. Many of us have just moved into our dorms and are trying to become accustomed to "college life" the best we can within the open week before classes begin. Some of you are spreading your wings and embracing the fact that you are FINALLY out of your parent's house and finally get to be your own person, while others of you reading this are in the ultimate struggle: being alone for the first time... EVER.

For those of you in the latter portion of my previous statement, do not be alarmed — so are THOUSANDS of people on the exact same campus. Including me.

As the Fall 2018 semester is quickly approaching, I am already on campus which means I am also already struggling. Growing up my parents were my only TRUE, BEST friends. The only two people who fully had my back and supported me no matter what. And now what? I moved nearly two hours away from them and I am completely culture-shocked. I came from a pretty small hometown and moved into a HUGE city onto an insanely large campus. How large? My entire high school had 778 students in it from 9-12th grades... my psychology class on LSU's campus has 733 students enrolled. This ONE class has nearly as many students as my ENTIRE high school!

This is very much an adjustment for me. Someone who tends to stick to herself now has to venture out and attempt to make friends with hundreds of new people after going to school with the same group of kids since elementary school. Crazy right?

But, the biggest adjustment will be learning to live without my parents by my side on a daily basis. The week prior to move-ins I admittedly cried EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. While some of you may laugh and think I am overreacting, while others are probably nodding their heads agreeing with me. And both of these are perfectly OK.

For the group that agrees, I know what you are feeling. You are sad, afraid, somewhat excited but more anxious than anything. All of these feelings are truly normal. Believe me.

If you think you are alone, you aren't. It is truly OK to have this mix of emotions that you don't fully know how to handle right now. It will get easier. And by easier, I do not mean you are going to forget what is happening around you, or forget the fact that you moved away from home because you won't. But, you will start becoming more comfortable with your new surroundings. You will begin making new friends and getting to know your new home.

This does not mean you can't have a break down every now and again, or frequently for that matter. It is normal to be upset about this new transition. It is healthy to cry things like this out, clear your head, and get out these internal frustrations. Cry it out, call your parents, have a moment, but remember you are not alone.

If you reach out to someone, anyone, chances are they will either be going through the same thing or understand how you are feeling. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there in order to talk to someone and get reassurance.

But always remember that things will get MUCH easier. Although when reading this you may think I am insane, but as an incoming college freshman, just like you, I can wholeheartedly say it will get better over time. Cliche? Maybe. Honest? 100%.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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A Thank You, To My Freshman Year At Mizzou

Freshman year may be over, but the memories will last forever.


It literally feels like I moved into my dorm a year ago and then I blinked and here I am moving out. Time has flown by and I am not entirely sure how I feel about my freshman year being OVER. I am having the hardest time comprehending the very thought that I am a sophomore in college. It is actually crazy but I wanted to Thank my freshman year for all the amazing, heartbreaking, depressing, and stressful moments it has given me over these past months.

First of all, whoever said random roommate is a bad idea clearly got EXTREMELY unlucky with their choice of roommate because my roommate is the BEST. I can not tell you how many people told me to not do a random roommate assignment but look at me now. My roommate is my life long best friend and I love her so much. The number of laughs and cries we have shared in our tiny dorm room together are literally endless down to the last minute of us moving out. I have never met someone who genuinely cares for me as a person and looks out for you as much as you look out for them. My roommate MADE my freshman year and I can not tell you how thankful I am for her to have been my freshman year roomie!

Second, the other friends I was able to make during my freshman year have been the absolute best people I could have ever met, also the funniest. I am so thankful for all of our late night trips to Quicktrip for hotdogs or our late nights studying together that usually turned into the funniest conversations.

Mizzou has brought me so much over the year but I would like to thank Mizzou specifically to bring about the new me. I came into college thinking I would struggle to make friends and struggle to adjust to life so far away from home. Mizzou showed me my extraverted self and gave me a new home to love. It brought people in my life I never expected but now could never live without. It showed me to not judge life so harshly and just enjoy the little moments we have cause they are limited. I realize now just how limited that time was as I leave my freshman year in the past and look forward to my future. Mizzou alone taught me so much about myself in just ONE year. I can not wait to learn more throughout the next three.

So here is to freshman year and to looking ahead to the future.

Thank you, Mizzou!

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