I am sorry you are going through this tough time. I’m 26 and actually in a similar situation as you. I have a couple ideas that might help you:
1) View this experience as practice
2) Realize you are free to move back whenever you want even if you have to transfer somewhere closer
3) Talk. Don’t hold in what you’re feeling
4) remind yourself that this isn’t forever and you’ll have that feeling of home again ❤
As an introvert who’s close to family I feel you 100 percent. We like our comfort zone and the people we are close to. You’ll also be busy with school work and I’m sure in class you’ll find a friend or 2 who are feeling the same thing as you. Just try to keep your spirit up whether it’s through dancing, praying, meditating anything.
It’s nice to know there’s someone (I’m sure a lot more than just 1 someone) who is going through something similar to me. I hope whatever you’re going through goes smoothly and that you find peace in whatever it is.
Thank you for sharing your ideas. So far, the move is going well. I have been alone for a couple of days now, and I haven’t started school yet. My time has been spent trying to keep myself as busy as possible with my to do list and things like yoga and reading and walking my dog, while still allowing myself the time and space to feel whatever comes up. Usually a little bit (or a lot) of loneliness and sadness, if I’m being honest. But also peace, usually in the morning, with fresh air and coffee and my journal.
It’s funny that you said ‘view this experience as practice’. I was just thinking today that this is a learning experience for me, beyond the structured learning I will do in school. For example, I’m learning to live peacefully without being dependent upon my boyfriend to lay by my side at the end of the day. I’m also learning to love from a distance, to make a quick phone call to show that I’m thinking of him, without being clingy and expecting too much. Along with that, I’m learning to let go off control, and trust that our relationship will stand the test of distance and time. And if it doesn’t, I’m learning that everything is, always has been, and always will be as it should be. It’s all led me here.
Anyways, I’m getting there. Slowly and gradually, but definitely. I hope you are, too.