Loneliness May Hurt Your Health
Researchers Say Lonely College Freshmen Show Weaker Immune Response
Pressman says she "absolutely" can relate to the feelings expressed by the students in her study. She remembers feeling that way when she moved far from home to go to college.
Her solution was to get involved on campus, becoming the vice president of her class, joining the psychology society, and participating in dorm activities.
"I really think that helped me," she says. "The faster you can make those connections, the faster you can alleviate those feelings."
Staying in touch with friends and family at home can also help, she says.
People tend to keep the same levels of social integration, says Pressman. In other words, well-connected high school students often build a strong network in college.
"Obviously, there's a period where you have to build those things up," says Pressman.
Others can learn the same skills. "You've got to work on it and get yourself out there," she says. "If you've got people around you, it does seem to buffer this immune detriment."