Working Through Re-Entry
Return from study abroad to the United States, family, friends and college can be accompanied by conflicting emotions. Joy, relaxation, warmth and release of tension can alternate with apprehension, loneliness, a sense of loss and frustration. If you are experiencing a similar roller coaster of emotions, you may be wondering what is going on and whether your situation is shared by others. Re-entry shock is the term for what you’re experiencing and, while the specifics vary, you are not alone.
Re-entry shock is addressed at the “Welcome Back” reception and in the “Handbook for Students Returning from Off-Campus Study.” Dean Sawyer and Mr. Das have additional resources on the topic. The Office of the Multifaith Chaplaincy sponsors “Back to Bates” reflection/conversation meetings for students returning from study abroad.
In addition to these on-campus resources, re-entry and some strategies for managing it are discussed below.