International law students: When homesickness sets in


GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Coming to America as a law student, whether as a J.D. or an LL.M., is a big step.

Maybe the flight home is just a few hours, or maybe it’s a long haul; either way, at some point during your American law school experience you’re bound to miss home. So what do you do when the homesickness sets in and your class schedule prevent you from booking an emergency trip home?

  1. When you’re visiting home for the holidays make sure to buy some of your favorite snack foods that are unavailable in America. When you begin to feel homesick delve into your emergency supply to make yourself feel a little more normal.
  2. Facetime your parents, siblings, family, or friends back home and have them catch you up on what’s going on in your “old life.”
  3. Find a restaurant in your current city that specializes in your home’s cuisine – as a Canadian I was overjoyed when I found a poutine shop in Philadelphia.
  4. Keep photos of home on your laptop and phone. Quickly scroll through them when you’re feeling a little down.
  5. Join a club or student organization that focuses on some aspect of your culture to keep those ties strong.
  6. If possible, have friends and family visit you while at school, that way you don’t have to drop that ball class-wise, but you still get the benefit of seeing a familiar face.

What ways have you found to combat homesickness in law school, we would love to hear them!

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