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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 in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”Pat Conroy

Students often mention that coming home after living and studying in a new environment can be the most challenging part of the experience. While you expect to encounter cultural adjustment challenges -- or to feel 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 SO much better abroad

Read this, and this and our other links to help you navigate your return home and build and capitalize on your off-campus experience.

Preparing to Return Home

Making Sense of Your Off-Campus Experience

Top 10 Re-Entry Challenges