Susan P. Epstein, LCSW,
Teen Life Coach,
knows that leaving home and beginning your college
career can be absolutely wonderful and extremely
stressful. So whether you are a senior in high
school preparing to go to college or you are at college
looking for information about how to adjust to this huge
change that has become your life, Teen Life Coaching may
be for you.
You are entering college, a new world. You have left
everything that is familiar to you behind, including,
your family, friends, and school, community and your dog
and cat. You may be an hour away by car or six hours
away by plane. You are feeling out of sorts,
lonely, too much time on your hands, awkward, etc.… Your
roommates are not saying any of this out loud and
neither are you.
You want to call home and tell your parents that
just made the biggest mistake of your life and they
should get in the car immediately or send you a ticket
to come home. However, as you look around at the upper
classmen, they look like they are okay, have it all
together, wow- they even have friends! You are
determined to figure out what is going on with you. “Why
am I so homesick?” you wonder.
The first thing I want you to know is that your feelings
are 100% normal and that the majority of freshman are
experiencing exactly the same thing that you are. I have
put together for you a list of things you can do to feel
better. This is not a recipe, with each ingredient
dependent on the other, rather these are choices you can
make to make this
huge transition into college life and get rid of the
• Talk with your roommates about what you are feeling.
Most likely they are feeling it, too.
• Stay in touch with your family and friends, but not in
place of college activities.
• Write an email to a friend at another college and
share your feelings, compare notes.
• Do something you enjoy like, exercise, art, writing,
reading, and taking a walk. Don’t sit around your dorm
room alone waiting for life to happen.
• Ask someone to go the cafeteria with you for a meal.
No one wants to eat alone.
• Try to eat in moderation (watch the junk food), get
enough sleep (invest in a good set of earplugs) and
watch your intake of alcohol and drugs, which can all
act as depressants. (In your effort to take a
break from your depressive thoughts, using drugs can
throw you into even a more depressed mood.)
• Give your self-time, don’t put yourself down. You are
entering a new phase of your life.
Sometimes teens can’t get going. If you feel that you
need an extra push, nudge, support, email me for a free
Teen Life Coaching session. In one 45-minute call we
will develop a plan to help you on your way to ridding
the College Homesick Blues.
Contact Susan for a
teen life coaching.
Susan P, Epstein, LCSW,
parent coach and
family coach, works with parents and families
looking for satisfaction, balance and growth.
Susan is an expert in the areas of family dynamics,
parenting and child development and her unique blend of
therapy and coaching combine to make her a powerful
catalyst for change.
She practiced psychotherapy for 23 years before becoming
a coach, writer and speaker. Susan graduated from
University of California at Berkeley School of Social
Welfare. She is a licensed clinical social worker
in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Susan also
completed training with the Coaches Training Institute,
an internationally accredited coach training
more about Susan.
Articles and Specialties of Susan Epstein, Teen Life
Family Coach: Six
Tips to Less Stress at Home
Grief Coach: Advice
on Helping Children Grieve the Loss of a Family Member:
The Making of a Teen
Teen Life Coach
Riffs on the College Homesick Blues
Teen Life Coaching Workshop
Teen Life Coaching:
Drugs and Alcohol
Family Coach: Six Tips
for Enjoying Your Kids While Working From Home
Coaching: Through the Generation Gap
Coaching in the Fast Lane (workshop)
Attention Parents! No More Yelling!
Attention Parents! No More Yelling! (part 2)
Rediscover the Joy
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