I want everyone to remember that is okay to be home sick. For me this is my first time being away from home for an extended period of time as well as out of the country. And for many of you, you might be in the same boat. I know it is described as past the honeymoon phase of being in the country you’re in and they are totally right. I am not tired out of Rome per say I am tired because I feel like I have so much to do in so little time and when this happens at school, I usually call my mom and well yes, I can still call her, the time zones make it trickier.

I think what is helping me the most is remembering to keep in touch and calling her even if I am walking home and she is getting ready for work, because those mere 5 minutes makes the distance of home far less than the 4,000 miles away.

I think another thing that is helping me is surrounding myself with my friends and flat mates. I allow myself to feel that sadness ( which is totally okay) but I do not allow myself to wallow in my sadness. That is when it becomes super hard to get out of the funk you feel like you are in.

Please remember that no matter what, everyone else around you is feeling the same way you are, find someone you can talk to or just be in the presence of, just to make that distance feel shorter.