But the hardest part of processing are the struggles I have with defining and understanding my own identity: when I don’t feel comfortable with situations, attitudes, or philosophies that were ingrained in me since I was a child, but can’t outright reject them either because they are learned, ingrained, and a part of my history. And that’s when it hits me. Re-entry is a process, but also a revealing journey.
Sometimes coming back from study abroad can make you feel like you don’t really fit in either place. Other times, it feels like you have two homes!