14th September 2012
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Being able to think optimistically about what you’ve learned abroad not only helps you feel better as you process your feelings about coming home, but it can also help you articulate how you are different—to family, friends, teachers, mentors, and current and potential employers.
At first, it may be challenging to put your experiences and thoughts into words, and it’s normal to have conflicting feelings about being back. Judith Martin, an authority on intercultural reentry and reverse culture shock, says, “Although this confusion may lead to temporary reentry difficulties, effective communication and relationship formation play important roles in processing this identity change and in integrating old and new knowledge, behaviors, feelings, and perspectives—all of which require time and effort.”
If you are returning from studying abroad and need help processing your experiences, there are a lot of good tips under the “reentry” tag on this blog.