The Crybaby Guide To Leaving Home For A While

Remi Riordan of Crybaby Zine contributes advice for high school girls to Galore.

While I have been away from home before, six weeks is a new record for me. I never knew so much could change in that amount of time. Luckily, I had my main BFF with me—I always have fun with her. That helps. Aside from BFFs, here’s how not to be homesick:

  1. Check out free local events: Usually, wherever you are, there will be a bunch of free local events. Go to them!
  2.  Find your staple shopping locations: It is always important to know where you can shop in a new place. Whether you’re shopping for food or clothes, finding a staple shopping store helps you feel at home.
  3. Find a quiet place to relax: I was super busy at the program I attended this summer, so finding a special place to relax was great. It could be a park, your room, or a cafe, but some alone time is always beneficial.
  4. Manage your cash: When you aren’t being supported by your parents constantly, money runs out quick. Make sure you know how much you can spend each week so you aren’t running on nothing!
  5. Carry a backpack or purse so you don’t lose things: You’re in a new place, so you should always have your phone, wallet, and some sort of ID on you. You might carry those in your pockets, but then they could easily get stolen or lost. Carrying a backpack or purse makes it easier to keep your necessary belongings organized and safe.
  6. Always be open to meeting new people: People at summer programs like the one I went to are always open to meeting new people. Everyone is from different places and people want to get to know as many people as possible. Even if you already have a solid friend group, don’t let it stop you from making new friends.
  7. Take risks and try things out of your comfort zone: Don’t cage yourself in your room. Try out new things while you are away. You never know what you may find out about yourself!

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