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Re-Enter, Re-Live and Re-Integrate

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again...The mind can never break off from the journey.”Pat Conroy

Coming home after living and studying in a new environment can be the most challenging part of the experience.

While you expect to encounter culture shock when you go to a different culture, you don't expect to feel it when you return home or to campus.

Symptoms of reverse culture shock may include:

  1. Feeling like no one understands you.
  2. Feeling like nothing has changed.
  3. Thinking that home is really boring.
  4. Thinking all of your friends and family are really shallow.
  5. Believing that everything was much better abroad

You'll find resources below to help you understand and cope with this.