Hello. My name is Lamia, but I go by Mia. I am an exchange student from Beirut, in the U.S. for a premed program. I came here on my own, without the benefits of friends or family. I am doing well academically and learning so much but emotionally I am having a difficult time. I have never been so far from my loved ones before. I have started this blog to show others that it is OK to reach out to others and try to make friends. Only the lonely will understand the journey I am taking, but I am sure that more people feel lonely from time to time than they would care to admit.