A couple years ago, I came to the States for about 7 months. It was nice for a few months, but about halfway through, I got really homesick. This time around though, I’m doing a lot better, which is nice.
One of the factors for me being homesick included not being in touch with friends and other more minor stuff that built up. I’m the kind of guy that prefers to stay in rather than go out, it just feels like a chore to me. Even back in the Philippines, when my friends would offer to go to the internet cafe or whatever, I would usually rather stay home. Of course, after going out and hanging out with them, I would be glad that I did because it was always fun, but even so, I just really preferred staying home if it could be helped. When I came to the States, this habit of mine really didn’t change.
The last time I came to the States, like I said above, I wasn’t really in touch with my friends. The reason behind this was really that they had switched to a different program to communicate. We had used Skype for a long time, but they said that they ran into a lot of issues and decided to switch to a program called Razer Comms (which also had some issues that forced us to switch to another program). They were playing a game that I wasn’t playing at the time, and not all of my friends were playing it, so not all of them were actually in the Comms group. When I got back to the Philippines, they introduced me to the game and invited me to their Comms group. This time around, we actually have a Discord group to keep in touch. Discord is a really cool program, it allows you to have voice and text channels, you can upload images, even have music bots that you invite into your server and they just play music that you queue. So now, every other night, me and my friends would play video games and talk for a few hours or just chat throughout the day. This has really helped me feel more at home here which really helps with the homesickness.
This time around, I am doing a lot better. My Grandma actually moved to a different neighborhood, which I think is better than the last one. There’s a nice little park close by that I can walk to and the neighbors keep to themselves. There was the incident that I wrote about last week, but that was just kids being stupid, which probably happens in a lot of neighborhoods across the world. I also got to experience some holidays here, more than I did last time. I got experience Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween here, all of which were cool and different from what I experienced in the Philippines. I still do miss my family and friends in the Philippines of course, that’s a given.