Dorm Sweet Dorm

13 Oct

Hey, Wildcats! Around this time in the semester, you may be starting to encounter a little something called homesickness. Don’t worry, it’s not fatal, and with some tender love and care, you’ll be feeling better in no time!

Homesickness is very, very common for first – and even second – year college students. It may be your first time living by yourself, away from your parents, siblings, and pets. Quite honestly, it can be terrifying at first, but once you start to grow comfortable, your dorm will start to feel just like home!


When I was a freshman, I was very scared to live by myself. I would call my mom all the time just so I could hear her voice. I had a tough time sleeping for the first few weeks with my new roommate. I had to learn how to make my own coffee in the morning, and wake up without my mom shouting at me. Nearly every weekend, I would make the 2 hour drive to go back home and stay with my parents.

Unfortunately, tons of students come from out of state, which makes it difficult to visit home. If you’re not from Arizona, you may have to wait months to go visit your parents. You may start to miss home, and count the days until winter break. Don’t fret, with some time and effort, you can ease your homesickness. There are tons of great ways to make your dorm feel like a home away from home!

  1. Utilize pictures! You know those huge photo albums your mom has lying around in the living room? They’re stuffed with tons of embarrassing, yet memorable pictures – use them! Take some of your favorite pictures from home, or print out some pictures from your phone, and put them up around your dorm room. This will create a space that is filled with your favorite people: friends, family, pups, cats, etc. Whenever you wake up in the morning, you’ll be comforted by the memories captured in those pictures.


  1. Bring things from home! When I was packing up my room and getting ready to move, I made sure to bring all of my favorite and most sentimental items. My coziest blankets and my oldest stuffed animals are among some of the treasures that I brought along with me to college. Anything that has sentimental value, or reminds you of home, is worth bringing with you in your move!
  2. Make the space yoursMoving into a bland, empty dorm room is awful. Don’t let the space go to waste! Use your pictures, posters, tapestries, and other decor to reflect yourself in the space. Get a bedspread with cool designs on it, buy some string lights, and throw some posters and the wall and BAM! Welcome home! Your dorm room is yours to do whatever you like with (as long as you use Command strips). Go wild, and decorate your space however you like.


Homesickness is common, and totally curable. Surround yourself with things and people you love, and you’ll be feeling better in no time! Remember that your parents are just a call away – this is the 21st century, after all. You have the opportunity to create something amazing and wonderful, so do it! If homesickness does manage to take over, though, make sure to utilize UA’s amazing resources, such as CAPS at Campus Health.


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