Big sister shares tips on how to survive the loneliness of high school

November 22, 2013

By Katie Mingle

(Photo courtesy of StoryCorps)
Lucy and Jennifer Zhuo

When Lucy Zhuo left for college this fall, her little sister, Jennifer, didn’t realize how much she would miss her. The two visited the Chicago StoryCorps’ booth recently to catch up.

Jennifer: Honestly, it’s been really lonely, since you’re, like, my only sister ...

Jennifer said having her sister away at college was especially hard now because she’s a sophomore this year, and is taking several junior classes. The other students are older than her, so she doesn’t know them. She said the tendency of students to gossip limits what she shares with her friends.

Lucy:.. I learned going into college how important it is not to get so sucked up into your work especially since your family’s not around. You rely on your friends in college. You need to find those friends. You can’t isolate yourself.

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to share, record and preserve their stories. This excerpt was edited by WBEZ.

To hear the rest of Lucy’s advice to Jennifer about how to survive (and even enjoy!) high school, click on the audio above.