Many people expect to have difficulty adjusting when they go abroad, but no one expects to have problems when they get back home. This re-entry and cultural adjustment is often referred to as “re-entry shock”. You’ve just had an amazing experience abroad and you want to talk about it. Unfortunately, your parents and your friends may not be as interested as you would prefer. You’ve learned about a new culture and, chances are, you’ve changed some of your old values and ideas, and you may have trouble re-assimilating into American culture.
Re-entry can be tough, but remember, you’re a veteran of cultural adjustment. You’ve faced more difficult and trying situations and came out on top. You will re-adjust to life in the U.S. and to campus, too.