As college students depart for new chapters in their lives, many of them have a tendency to miss home.
When the feelings occur students usually pick up the phone and start dialing away.
Somehow, being connected with people who are not near physically can put one at ease.
“When we are in college, particularly if we are living away from home, it can at times be an isolating experience,” said Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins, professor of Anthropology. “As humans, we rely on our relationships with others for physical, mental, and emotional support.
“In particular, we are very accustomed to being known, cared for, and supported within our families, friend groups, and communities,” Reiser-Robbins said.
College has been known to be an experience in which students are put into a scenario where they must learn to thrive on our own.
“Going to college and living away from your community pulls you temporarily out of that context,” Reiser-Robbins said. “This is an exciting and rewarding experience; however, research suggests that students tend to adapt to college communities and perform better in their academics when they still maintain supportive connections with their home communities.
“At one point or another, a student becomes addicted to cell phones phones,” said Reiser Robbins.
“There can, of course, be times when staying in strong touch with your home communities can unintentionally make it harder to get the most out of college and to do well in your academics,” Reiser-Robbins said. “Because our families and home communities do rely on us just like we rely on them, we can be pulled in a lot of directions. We start worrying about problems that are occurring at home, wondering how we can help when we are not physically right there, and this is physically and emotionally stressful.”
After interviewing several students at AMK, Reiser Robbins found calling home varies greatly between young men and women.
Most undergrad women have a tendency to call once or twice a day, while men call usually once a week.
“I usually call my mom and we talk about our day of how things are going,” sophomore Briana Villarreal said. “It makes me feel happy to know how she’s doing.”
“At least once a week to let them know where I’m going for track or if I need money,” sophomore Andre Fuqua said.
So overall calling home all depends on the student and how they feel and their attachment towards home.