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Are you leaving home to study in another city?

Here are some tips to help you cope with the transition:

Youngsters move out of their parents’ homes at some point in their lives, for different reasons. It is now common for youth to migrate to other cities or countries for their higher education or career. For some, it can be exciting as they wish to seek independence and look for new experiences. But for some others, it can be quite overwhelming and challenging.

Transitions involve adjusting to a new place, making new friends, reorganising priorities and building a social life. For youngsters joining residential colleges, the systematic routine and rules can be new and worrying, while for others living independently, there’s the stress of having to deal with living costs and other expenses. If you have never stayed away from your parents, you may:

Feel overwhelmed at the change of place

Experience a language barrier

Get anxious about meeting new people

Feel homesick

Experience loneliness, low-self-esteem

Feel that you are unable to focus on studies or sleep properly

Here are some ways that you can deal with the situation:

Prepare beforehand and decide whether you will stay in a hostel or independently

Team up with your existing friends and discuss about relocating together

Network with old students from the college and learn from their experiences

Approach the student welfare division of your college if you have any concerns

Consider taking up part-time work or joining clubs. It is a great way to meet new people!

Most overwhelming thoughts and fears are transient and can be overcome with the right coping tools. However if these thoughts and feelings are persistant and affecting your daily life, it might be beneficial to seek help from a mental health professional. Most colleges have a campus counsellor – but if you do not have one, please call one of our partner helplines:

Aasra: 022-27546669

ICALL: 022-25521111

Sahai: 080 – 25497777

Sneha: 044-24640050

This article was first created and published by White Swan Foundation , edited for The Live Love Laugh Foundation

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