It's hard to believe, but the end of our your program is coming soon! As you get ready to leave, there are many things to consider.
Now is a great time for students to start reflecting on their experiences. What have you enjoyed the most about your program? What has surprised you the most about life in America? What do you think you will remember most fondly? Writing down your experiences in a blog post, journal entry, or letter to friends and family is a good way to clarify your thoughts and feelings. It also helps the natural family and friends understand your experience and provide more support as you return home and start the readjustment process.
Readjusting to life in your home country can be even more difficult for you than adjusting to life in another foreign country. You have changed and grown in many ways during your program. Your relationships with your friends and family have changed, too. This often surprises students and families. This phenomenon is known as reverse culture shock. Talking with someone who understands your experience (and reverse culture shock) can be very helpful. Are there returnees from previous years who would be willing to talk with you? How else can you find support in your home communities?
As your program comes to a close, remember that you can reach out to the advising team for support, advice, and questions at any time. You can reach individual advisors, or simply email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!