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What Homelessness Means to Students and How They Can Contribute To Solutions.

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Homelessness is defined as someone who lacks a fixed residence. This would only apply to those traveling to cities or countries for higher education. Many from developing countries aspire to study at western universities. Thus, they travel out of their homes to earn their education. However, the opportunity to have a better education means sacrificing a place that they would call home. Of course, many people would still argue that students can always return to their home country. However, it never is easy as it sounds. 

Homesickness

Migrating students would always stay in dorms on their institution’s grounds, which would be shared with others. This is why a student never accepts their dorm room as home. They do not have the same sense of belonging as they would have at their original home. This is a prevalent idea as one can notice why people rush back to their countries when they get a semester break. They desire the feeling of a home once more, which we call homesickness. Usually, this feeling would kick in within one semester.

Issues with establishing a home

Many learning in foreign higher institutions thinks of settling down where they are studying. However, the issue still persists that there is no sense of belonging. Over time, they learn to accept the feeling of homelessness; however, they strive to establish one to eliminate that feeling. Since it’s a new country, settling down is challenging as they must apply for permits to work and stay in the country. Not only that, but they also have to find a stable job to get a steady income to establish a home.

Contributions by past students

Since this issue is very prominent among migrating students, people who have gone through this experience have created forums and communities. People there can communicate with each other to help those who struggle. For example, an online platform might help a struggling student know how to easily navigate through permit processes or apply for jobs. 

These communities have helped a lot, allowing students to establish homes in the countries they are studying. In addition, these forums and communities give migrating students a sense of belonging as they feel at home. They see other students from the same country going through the same issue together. Thus, they rarely feel alone.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the idea of homelessness can never be removed. Everyone would rather be with family and loved ones. But sometimes, it’s essential to escape your comfort zone to learn about the world. Moreover, exposure to different cultures, languages, and people works for the benefit of whoever is out there. 

All in all, while homelessness is not the most appealing aspect, it sometimes teaches the person how to be their own person. The strongest people immerge in the most demanding situations. The only thing you can do is either make this place your home or work towards going home a better person.

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