It’s no secret that homesickness is one of the worst feelings in the world. When I was studying abroad, homesickness got so bad that I felt like I couldn’t go on any longer.
Homesickness is most common at the beginning of the academic year, although some students adapt to university life much more quickly than others and still suffer homesickness after a month or two – when the realities of university begin to sink in.
It’s also really common to feel homesick after going home and seeing your family on holiday. Sometimes it takes a while to get back into the swing of things.
But luckily for me, my professor had a remedy! He taught me how to make this special dish called “shawarma” and it made all the difference in the world. Now, homesickness doesn’t stand a chance.
Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish made of spiced lamb or chicken that’s cooked on a rotisserie. It’s shredded and served in a pita or naan bread with onion, garlic, and tomato paste.
Sometimes just finding something that you like in your new home can help you to adjust. New foods and friends are difficult to adjust to, but eventually, they’ll help you build a new home.
Food is one of the quickest ways to find comfort in a new place. It’s something that we all have to do, so it’s easy to make friends with others who are also looking for a sense of belonging and community.
Plus, food brings people together in a way that nothing else can. Just think about all of the different types of foods from around the world and how many people come together to enjoy them!
From Italian pasta dishes to Japanese sushi rolls, there’s something for everyone to love. And when we gather around food, we instantly start talking and getting to know each other better. So don’t be afraid to try out some new restaurants or recipes.
New things take time for adjustment into one’s life. It’s the same with food and social connections such as friendships.
Friendships don’t come easily when we first move somewhere new because we may be considered an outsider by some people who’ve already established their circles of friends through work or school activities. If it happens quickly, then more power to us!
However, most often than not, this process takes months before we find ourselves included in various groups and organizations where our skills fit well within them; especially if there isn’t an immediate connection.
If it takes you a little while to get used to your new home, just hang in there. You’ll eventually find your shawarma, and then you’ll feel right at home.
And by the way, it’s okay to feel homesick every once in a while. Another hack I learned when I was studying abroad, was buying things from my favorite shops. I used to love buying home decor from Magnolia Market, and I found out that even if they couldn’t ship to where I was, there was still a way to ship from my favorite US stores internationally!