A study abroad program is ending for my daughter. I can not believe how quickly the time has gone. I wrote in my holiday letter that while her studies were about her major, her experiences were hugely about lessons in life. How remarkable. Skype, FB and email has been a fantastic way to keep in touch. I can feel the emotions about her leaving and returning all the way over here.
Her study abroad program sent the top ten challenges a student might feel, I thought they were incredibly useful – it’s reassuring to read the common experiences one might have – not so reassuring that challenges she might be facing will be tough. I thought these might be useful to others:
- noone wants to hear
- they can’t explain
- reverse homesickness
- relationships have changed
- people see the wrong changes
- people misunderstand
- feeling of alienation/ critical eyes
- inability to apply new knowledge and skills
- loss/compartmentalization of experience
The above list was compiled by Professor Bruce La Brack from the University of the Pacific who has been a leading observer of students in study abroad for many years. The full commentary can be found here
It struck me how this list applies to many re-entry circumstances.
This month the conversation is stress. Coming home as heartfelt as it, is also very stressful and hard on the body.
These nutrient coping strategies might be useful