Coming to college, everyone told me to expect to get homesick. New York is a pretty significant distance from Grand Rapids, and it didn’t help that almost everyone else seemed to be relatively close to home. It sometimes seems as if every other person at Calvin you meet is from Michigan, and that can get hard during the holidays when everyone leaves campus except for you. In choosing Calvin, I knew I wouldn’t have the opportunity to come home whenever I wanted. I knew I wouldn’t get to have Thanksgiving dinner or Easter brunch with my family for the next four years of my life, and that thought honestly terrified me.
However, Calvin College truly recognizes how hard transition can be. They offer so many programs and opportunities that students are often too busy to be sad or homesick. The only time I felt homesick was at the end of the semester, during the craziness of finals week.
When I finally went home for the summer, I thought I would feel elated to be back where I belong—and to some extent, that was true. And yet, I also felt slightly empty. I missed my friends, my classes, my church and more. Coming back to Calvin College after this summer, I realized Calvin had officially become my home away from home. I no longer felt the same ties to New York as I used to. It’s perfectly okay to get homesick, but know that you’ll come to love Calvin College just as much as your home, and you won’t be able to contain your excitement when you get to come back at the end of the summer.