Homesickness Part 2: Getting over the sickness

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By Carla Martinez Being an international student is a tough job. All of a sudden you find yourself away from everything you’ve ever known, away from your family, friends and your usual routine just goes down the drain.  The feeling of detachment can prove to be overwhelming for some people. Janet van der Star, counsellor and professor at The Hague University states “If what you left behind is worthy of missing, then you’re already very blessed.” Missing your family and friends is not a bad … [Read more...]

Homesickness: When being away from home makes you sick


by Carla Martinez Many of us have experienced being away from home at some point whether it is for fun, work or study. Going to the unknown may sound like a grand adventure but what happens when the sense of adventure wears off and you start yearning for what you left behind? ‘Being away from home is not the same for everyone, nor do any two people react to it the same way,’ says Janet van der Star, counsellor and lecturer at The Hague University. Being away from her native country, the … [Read more...]

Friendly Faces in Foreign Places


Jane Dean experiences a little bit of home in The Hague A while back driving home from Schiphol Airport we had an interesting encounter. It got us thinking about how we feel when we meet fellow countrymen thousands of miles from home. Our American home is New Orleans. Watching two New Orleanians meet outside of Louisiana and there will be a noisy back slapping, bear-hug of an embrace accompanied by beaming smiles and the ubiquitous ‘aww man, great to see you guys – who’d have thought it so … [Read more...]

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