There’s No Place Like Home

Last week, one of my high school teachers came to visit me here at Western. Now, I know what you’re all thinking… “teacher’s pet”, right? Well, I have to admit I do have a stronger connection with my music teacher than most of my other teachers from high school. She was a graduate from the faculty of music here at Western way back in the day, and she was here for a music teacher’s reunion through OMEA (Ontario Music Educators Association). So what’s the point I’m trying to make here? I guess I’m trying to say that it was really nice to reminisce with someone from my high school, and be able to catch up, even if it was with a teacher. Although it was short, it was still great to be able to chat about and hear about how things are back home.

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I’ll admit, sometimes being here at university does make me a little homesick. I miss the comfort home brings, and all of the familiar faces I know so well. Yet, we all need to step out of our comfort zones once in a while to experience new things. University is this incredibly new and overwhelming experience, especially during first year, but those few minutes I spent with my high school teacher brought back such positive and warm memories. It made me feel a little less homesick, and reassured me that it’s okay to miss being in the comfort associated with being at home.

Sometimes, all it takes is ten minutes of chatting on the phone with family, skyping your friends, or meeting up with old acquaintances to brighten up your day. You should never feel like it’s “not okay” to miss home. Let’s be real, we all do! University, and even growing up for that matter, is a frightening experience, and we would be crazy not to miss our friends and family. Actually, I think we need them. They are one of the biggest support systems we could ask for, and they know what we’re going through. My music teacher went through the exact same things that I’m going through right now. The best piece of advice she gave me was to embrace every moment, even when they are challenging ones, because these four years go by far too quickly.

So don’t think you have to just move forward, and never look back. That’s a terrible misconception of growing up. Save time to reminisce with friends and family, and let them know how you’re doing. They care. They really do. And all they want to do is watch you succeed.

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