It finally happened. I got to do some summer research away from home and for the first time left on my own. I found a room to rent and all, but whenever I stop actually doing some activity and start thinking, I just want to start balling my eyes out. My parents never really went on vacations or anything, so they or at least one of them would always be home. Now it's not just them, but my brother, sister, and dog. I had to take a plane, light rail, and bus to get to where I am and it didn't really hit me that I am away from home until I lied down on the bed. To add to that I am getting frustrated that things aren't going the way I'm used to. Of course they wouldn't. I'm someplace else now. But I have this weird OCD condition where I need routine. All of that is in shambles. I am at the mercy of my landlord. I can sort of buy the kind of food I like (we reach compromises, which is fine with me) and operate on my kind of schedule, but any sort of power I had over my own life is mostly gone now. How did you all cope with home sickness the first time you left home or just the first time you felt homesick? EDIT: I should also add that I'm still feeling a lot of anxiety. Today is just Day 2 and tomorrow is the first day I officially go and do work. I'm hoping that after a week or so (I'm here for the summer) I'll get used to it and start relaxing?