I just migrated from the Philippines and I'm homesick all the time. I just graduated from college last March, finishing a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. As the days go by, I feel that I'm kinda lost in some ways, knowing that my friends back home are enjoying a more laid back life (that's how Filipinos are, sometimes).
Right now, I am enrolled at a review center near my apartment and because of that I need to spend most of my time studying. I know that I have to try to like it here but I just have so many ups and downs. I just want to fit in more but I don't know how. Help!
--Missing Home Marielle
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Dear Missing Home Marielle--
Well I have to say that I commend you for following your dream to be a nurse and sticking to it. I'm sure it was really difficult for you to leave you friends and your home, but like you said, you've got to make the most of your time here.
I know you are working hard studying, but you'll never succeed if you are constantly feeling sad and lonely. I wonder if there are any girls or guys that are your age at the review center that you could get to know. If not, I suggest you join a gym, take an art or dance class, get a part-time job, or hang out at the local cafe. Getting involved with some non-school activities will help you meet people. Once you make some friends, they can show you around, introduce you to their friends and teach you all about American culture.
The reason you are so homesick is because you feel like an outsider. If you can immerse yourself socially, you'll feel more connected to your new home, and hopefully it will help take your mind off missing the Philippines. I hope this helps. You should be very proud of how much you are accomplishing!