December 11, 2020
One of the most common responses to the question of “how do you combat homesickness?” that I received was to FaceTime our family and friends back home. Many students said that this helped them feel more connected, particularly for 7-day boarders who don’t see their family regularly anyway, and being far apart during a pandemic has surely been even more difficult. Céline de Noailles, Grade 9, said: “I call my friends and family in Paris every day”, saying that this, along with listening to French music and her mother delivering French food helped her to overcome her homesickness. Zara in Grade 12 said that she was “constantly calling [her] family”, a sentiment that was echoed by many students, such as an Australian student who said she kept in touch “almost everyday”. Often, we associate home with a certain place, but also with the people that come along with it. It should not be a surprise, then, that calling home – seeing faces and hearing voices – is a way that most students have been staying in contact with their home countries.