I've been in Rome for a month already, I am studying here for a semester so I'll be going home in December. This is my first time away from home in my life as I commuted in college (this is my last semester). I thought I was ready to go away for four months but a few days into living here I became extremely homesick. I expected to feel that way so I tried to deal with it. However, my homesickness and sadness is not going away. I feel like it's getting worse. I am constantly counting down the time I have left and dividing it up in different ways- 2 months and 2 weeks, 10 weeks, passing my dad's birthday and my cousin's birthday, etc. I've visited quite a lot of places in Europe for the time I've been here- I've seen all the "touristy" places Rome has to offer, I visited Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris last week during our break. I haven't really enjoyed any of it since I'm constantly thinking about my family and what's going on at home (which is nothing; I'm just imagining daily life there and how I wish I was there). I've tried keeping myself busy but I have no interests in the activities I'm doing; I'm simply doing things to pass time. Spending time with friends is also dull for me, especially since there were A LOT of problems during the week we had off and almost everyone is giving everyone else the silent treatment. I'm very tired of being here already. I started classes Monday and I find I can't even concentrate in class anymore. I've spoken to a psychiatrist at the program a couple of times and will see him again in about a month. He believes I should stay. However, the way I'm feeling is making me doubt if I can be here another 75 days. I would really like advice and/or words of encouragement from anyone who would like to give their words. I know that if I leave I will be relieved but disappointed. It's my last semester, but this pain I feel is becoming unbearable.