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According to Academia, “Up to 95% of first-year college students report some level of homesickness.” The transition to college can be the biggest change many first-year students have ever dealt with. Quickly, they may begin to long for home and become homesick. With this in mind, we researched the issue of homesickness and the resources on the University of Dayton’s campus and other college campuses. At the University of Dayton, the issue of homesickness is briefly mentioned on the counseling center’s website. There seems to be a lack of resources and attention on our campus to this topic, which affects almost all incoming freshman at one point in time. To investigate how homesickness affects first-year students, we interviewed current freshmen to evaluate their personal experience with these issues and how they overcame their discomfort. In addition, interviews were conducted with resident assistants on their training for these issues and how they help students become acclimated to college. Through researching other universities across the country and interviewing the community on our campus, we have created multiple suggestions for supporting freshmen during this time of change. Our goal is to provide resources dedicated to help first-year students experiencing homesickness by increasing their overall happiness on campus while also helping them become successful in their future endeavors.

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Ann E Biswas

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Presenters: Kennedy Glynn Hale, Wyatt Andrew Kaiser, Ali M Wiethe

Handling Homesickness: Helping Transitioning First-Year Students at the University of Dayton Recognize and Cope with Homesickness