After the completion of your study abroad, going back to your country might seem an impossible task because the truth remains that you won’t want to return back home after getting so used to your new environment. In fact those that finally made up their mind to go home struggle a bit to adapt. In order to enjoy a smooth transition, listed below are 5 tips to follow.
Beware of reverse-culture shock
It shouldn’t surprise you if your home country culture turns out to become strange to you. This could be in terms of the way people relate to one another, food, the way things are being done etc. In fact there are things you would notice when you get back that might not have been known to you before going to study abroad. Irrespective of all these, you can overcome this reverse-culture shock by viewing your home country the way you viewed your host country then when you were about going for your study.
Know that no one will fully understand
Do not get frustrated when your friends and family don’t understand the gist. Never bore them with stories they didn’t ask. Simply answer only questions that are asked. Also, understand fully well that most people just want to know if you had a great time studying abroad, the different types of food, the historical places and so on.
Keep in touch
In order not to feel left out when you return, it is better to still maintain your friendship with your friends and family. Message them on their birthdays, it will help keep your relationship.
Prepare for and embrace change
You can’t expect things to remain the same way it was after you left. Some of your friends would have changed. Don’t be afraid of the change, but don’t feel that you need to revert to your old self. Your travels will have changed the way you see the world as well, and that’s a good thing.
Make new connections
On getting home, think of the next point of action. Do not waste time dwelling on trying to pick up where you left off at home. For example, many international studies programs need volunteers to mentor outgoing study abroad students or assist incoming international students, so see if you can become a peer adviser or a student ambassador.