Readjustment-Study Abroad - Carnegie Mellon University

Readjustment

Coming home is part of a complete cycle that includes leaving, settling overseas, and returning. There is more for students to consider beyond the bare logistics of the move. Returning students know the language, the ways to get things done and, most likely, they will be returning to family, friends, and a familiar setting. What they may not be aware of is the degree to which they have been changed by the experience and now carry a whole new load of cultural baggage. In addition, during their absences changes have taken place in the United States — rapid and sometimes radical changes — and reading about the in Time or Newsweek isn’t the same as experiencing them. Returning students may think it will be easy to pick up where they left off; that’s where the re-entry shock can develop.