How do you beat homesickness if you’re an overseas student?

Did you know that there are over 3,000 students from different countries from a total of 94 countries studying in the US? That’s a huge amount of students from abroad, living away from their friends and family, finding out how to manage in a new environment.

So, how do you cope? How do you make your new country home and avoid becoming home sick?

This is a great article on what a group of students do to make their new place of study feel like a real home.

We all have those days. Your midterm didn’t go as well as you expected. Your crush is interested in someone else. You slept through your class one too many times and just saw your grade drop a full letter.

When you have a bad day, all you really want to do is curl up in your bed at parent’s house. When you are a college student far from home, it can be more difficult. But everyone has a gastronomic equivalent to a favorite sweater, a nice pep talk from your mom or dad, a kiss on the forehead. It’s your comfort food. Maybe it’s Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, spaghetti or

chicken noodle soup.

For international University of Oregon student, though, it’s a little more difficult to find these comfort foods.

According to a yearly survey done by UO Admissions, about 3,000 students are from another country totaling 94 countries. Many of these students are here for four years working towards an undergraduate degree, only returning to their home country once a year or less.

In a city as white as Eugene, authentic Chinese, Persian, African or South American cuisines (or even ingredients) are hard to come by. But students are finding a way to combat homesickness by cooking at home. For these three students, food is a way to remember their roots.

Behnaz Asadpour Iran

In a period of youthful defiance, Behnaz Asadpour moved to Oregon from Khozestan, a western providence of Iran, to study business. Asadpour gets the chance to connect with other Persian international students by working in the Mills International Center.

Persian culture in Iran is focused on family and respect, with short work days, long lunches and meals surrounded by an extensive family. Hospitality is a several hours long event putting American Thanksgiving to shame.

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