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Transitioning to life back in the US

For many students, coming back to the US after their study abroad experience can be as much of an adjustment as entering a new culture for the first time.  Just like culture shock, this is a normal feeling and you should readjust after a few months back home.  In the returning students section of our website, we hope to provide you with some tips to make your reentry smoother and open your eyes to opportunities here on campus.

The first thing that you should do is to read about the process of Reverse Culture Shock.  This is something that many people do not think about when returning home.  After all, you are returning to a culture that you are familiar with, why would you have any difficulty?  Most students, however, have had life changing experiences while abroad, seen and experienced things that they never even considered before, and met people with very different life views.

Next, take a look at some of the events and opportunities that the Center for Global Education organizes for returning students.  All of us in the office have had to transition to life back in the US at one time or another and know that it can be a challenge.  Consequently, we have worked over the years to provide a variety of opportunities for returned students.

Don’t forget that Rutgers is a huge university, with loads of cross-cultural opportunities for students.  You can join a new club or take a class that pertains to your experience.  Some students have even started their own organizations after studying abroad.  Volunteering is another way to stay connected to your international experience and explore new interests, while giving back to the community.

For many students, their study abroad experience instilled in them a desire to go abroad again.  Whether you have a couple more semesters until graduation or have already graduated, there are many options for you to go abroad again.  

If you find that these resources are not helping you to readjust to life back in the US, or just want to talk to someone else, there are counselors available in the Student Health Center who are more than happy to speak to you.