Often described as the most difficult part of the study abroad process, re-entry to your home country, culture and college can be a significant adjustment.
Adjusting back to life in the U.S. and on-campus can at times be a challenge. You’ve seen and experienced things that no one else has. As Jacob Dylan sings in “One Headlight” by the Wallflowers, “I ain’t changed, but I know I ain’t the same.” This throw-back song from the 1990s speaks to a transformative experience like study abroad. Returning “home” is tricky because you might look the same on the outside, but inside your perspective on the world and how you approach life might have shifted. There is a range of how people process and address these shifts.
Washington College offers support and assistance to students who wish to debrief about their abroad experiences through re-entry programming and activities . The re-entry sessions are opportunities to get together and talk with friends, peers, and professionals who understand what you are experiencing.