Say “Hello” and smile. That’s a very simple way of making friends! Enjoy making friends in a foreign country!
Enjoy learning something new!
Just think about how lucky we are to live in the 21st century. It’s very convenient these days to stay connected with family and friends regardless of location and time. You can do Facebook and Twitter or internet chatting via MSN messenger or exchange emails. Stay in touch with people in your home town all the time. In this way, you can be relieved to know that you are still a part of their lives. Just also keep in mind that they do miss you too and they care and love you!
In the United States, you can find many international restaurants, so you can go out for lunch or dinner with your friends who have the same ethnic background as you. Having a good time over some familiar food that you used to eat in your home town will make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. It will definitely help to reduce your homesickness.
Nobody can really help you but yourself when you feel down. People can cheer you up but not all the time. So you need to decide to stay strong. Remember that even if you’re far from home, you are always a friend and a family to people in your country. Focus on your career and study goals. Remind yourself often why you came to America. It will help you stay grounded. Think that you are just staying here temporarily for your study and your career! You will go back home sooner or later! Take your experience as self-improvement. It’s part of who you are and no matter what life has to go on.