Bye bye, homesickness! Hello jolly holly!

Stad Antwerpen

Bye bye, homesickness! Hello jolly holly!

Going on an exchange for a couple of months is all fun and games, until the holiday season sets off. Then you might start to feel blue. Don’t you worry: we have some great tips for you to make your Christmas holiday not only more bearable, but one big party.

1 Buy your family Christmas presents

Even though you’re not driving home for Christmas, buying your family and friends gifts will remind you of their personalities, what they enjoy and what they mean to you. After all, Christmas is all about giving, right? (Well, and receiving, of course…). Plus, you’ll have some great souvenirs to surprise your loved ones when you return home.

2 Host a students-only Christmas dinner

Who says you need your family to enjoy a fabulous Christmas dinner? Invite your friends over, ask everyone to bring a small home-cooked meal and pop open a nice bottle of wine. Play some games, watch a Christmas movie or listen to Wham!’s Greatest Hits all night long. Be as creative as you like and you’ll probably forget those awesome dishes your granny usually makes for Christmas Eve.

3 Study, study, study

Distraction is the best medicine against feeling sad. So, use it as an excuse to focus entirely on your upcoming exams. And thanks to our STUDY360 project studying becomes a lot more fun. Study for your exams at the most beautiful, fun and surprising spots all around Antwerp such as the Bourla, Brewery De Koninck and the Bosuil Stadium.

4 Volunteer at a charity of your choice

Don’t feel like studying, but want to be distracted? Helping people in need might be a great way to expand your knowledge about the world and realise that maybe your life isn’t as difficult as it might seem at times. Especially around the Christmas season; there are a lot of charities, homeless shelters and refugee camps that need help. Sant Egidio and Het Rode Kruis are always looking for people.
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