Sometimes, returning home can be just as challening as leaving it. Here's the good news: Once you get readjusted to life at Furman, you'll find your study away experience can enrich your time on campus and in the community.
Reverse culture shock
When you get home, it's normal to experience reverse culture shock. Signs you might be experiencing reverse culture shock:
- You feel your friends and family aren't interested in hearing about your study away experience.
- You spend a lot of time planning for a return trip to your study away destination.
- You're bored of the pace of life at Furman.
- You feel like you don't have as much in common with your old friends.
- You don't feel like your study away experience has a place in your current situation.
- You're experiencing homesickness for your host country, depression, or negative thoughts towards your home country.
What can you do to deal with re-entry shock?
- Stay connected
- Keep talking
- Accept and embrace the new you
- Explore Greenville and Furman from a new perspective
- Try new things at home
- Reflect often
- Promote study away on campus
- Volunteer or join an international organization
- Talk with a counselor, professor, or study away staff member
Stay connected with your host country's culture through campus events. Find an international event.
International Connection Program
Are you looking for a way to connect with a different culture? Our International Connection Program partners domestic students with international freshmen as a way to help international students get acclimated to our community. It's a great way to learn about another student's country, culture, and family and teach them about your own. Contact Chrissy McCrary for more information.
Want to connect with other students interested in different countries, cultures, and global issues? See our international student organizations.