Exchange Student USA

Homesickness isn’t really about “home”

This is Ida sharing a personal story. She tells;

“It feels like I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home. Imaging living with a foreign family who does everything for you, trying to make the best experience of all time for you, taking care of you and share everything with you. Imagine having a second family loving you just like your real family. Imagine getting into their lives and being a part of everything they do. Imagine getting so close with a second family that you never want to leave them and say goodbye. Imagine being an exchange student.

Just as studying abroad demanded a number of lifestyle changes, so too does returning home. Ideally, the person you are now returning from abroad is not the same person who left in the first place. You have been transformed intellectually and personally, and have successfully functioned in a culture entirely different from your own. You have new habits, values, and ideas, sometimes without even realizing it.

As I was standing in the kitchen with my host family waiting to leave for the airport to go back to Denmark, I thought to myself that I never wanted to leave that place. I was on the verge of tears and I just wanted to stay the rest of my life. Already at that time I felt homesick in a place I had never yet left. Now, I am homesick for a time that no longer exists. Missing is a sign of happiness. Missing is a sign of trust and hope, and missing is a sign of distance and managing to be away.

Homesickness is a strange thing. I felt both homesick in the U.S. and I feel homesick in my home country. It’s a weird thing nothing or no one can fix – but that’s the price you pay for having your heart more than one place”.

Dayanan Baptist

Hi folks! I'm Dayanan, 22 year old former Exchange Student from Copenhagen, Denmark. I spent my year in Michigan, USA back in 11/12'.

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