Homesickness Goes to College: Virtues, Vocation, and Growth

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Pamela Crawford
Mary Bryant


Most if not all of us have experienced homesickness, something that afflicts the majority of first-semester college students and can impact both their academic progress and retention in school. Promoting education and activities that encourage virtue and character development contribute to an antidote to homesickness. For the continued success of students and colleges, institutions of higher education should go beyond academics and seek to educate the whole person with an educational philosophy that emphasizes growth, moral formation, and vocation.

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Pamela Crawford, University of Dubuque

Pamela Crawford is the Director of the Bridge Program at the University of Dubuque. Pam came to UD from a long career as a public school teacher and administrator. Pam holds a B.A. from Loras College, M.A. from Clarke University, and Ed.D from Drake University.

Mary Bryant, University of Dubuque

Mary Bryant serves as Managing Editor for this journal. She has many interests and hobbies, but she takes particular pleasure in her current vocation serving the University of Dubuque as Administrative Assistant in the Wendt Center for Character Education. She received a B.A. in Biology, Theatre Arts, and German and an M.F.A. in Comparative Literature—Translation from the University of Iowa.