Home away from home; and how they deal with homesickness

Home away from home; and how they deal with homesickness

Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep Everybody’s worried about me In too deep Say I’m in too deep (in too deep) And it’s been two years I miss my home But there’s a fire burning in my bones Still believe Yeah, I still believe

Rachel Platten sings it and you sing along with her; And so often you see this happening around you, yet nobody talks about it. People talk about heartbreaks and heartaches, love and loss, but what about loss of the place you once called home? Loss of family and friends and everything familiar?

So many International students come to United States each year, from India, China, Australia – from everywhere! They set up a home here, in a country they don’t know, within a culture they are not familiar with and with people who don’t really care about them – not in the beginning at least. But they do this out of some motivation. What motivates them to continue staying away from their families and countries?

As per a recent Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) report, there were more than 1.1 million nonimmigrant students studying in the United States as of February 2015; the majority of whom were from China, India and South Korea. Northeastern University alone claims to have over 7,500 International students. With so many students coming to the States, there is bound to be a lot of issues – personal & professional for these students.

As a project, we can interview several International students and find out how they live. We could also find out how they deal with health issues and find out the number of students who face depression and home sickness. We could speak with counsellors and psychologists to find out more about this and whether this is a phenomenon or not. Going into the “homes” these students have set up, we could show how they have set those up, personalized those spaces. We could thus end up making a very touching documentary of International students. This would be a very important issue to discuss, especially with the many proposed reforms and restrictions by the new Government on Student Visas.