By means of marketing teams and Hollywood media, colleges in America have collectively garnered for themselves a reputation for being campuses where dreams are fully realized, lifelong friendships are founded, soulmates meet after years of despairful longing, classes are aced, parties are had without unratifiable consequences, and internships are landed. College has become known as a place of joy, fulfillment, and pleasure. While each of those things may be true to an extent on a case-by-case basis, there are numerous aspects of college that leave a sour taste in one’s mouth.Various complications can arise from finding oneself in a new location hundreds of miles away from home. A relationship may need to be navigated and maintained over a vast distance. The loss of a support network can be critical. Fears of losing one’s cherished identity, deeply rooted in one’s hometown, may corrode the mind—or at the very least interrupt one’s schoolwork. These are all effects of going to a school far away that contribute to homesickness. I recommend utilizing the advanced communication avenues of our century in order to maintain friendships and relationships over a great distance. Additionally, I would not fret over being so far away from your home that you fear you may lose your affection for your hometown. Being able to visit during holidays and breaks is to be cherished, and it’s harder to lose the affection than it may seem at the outset of college.