Reverse Culture Shock
Returning from your study abroad experience can be a challenging and difficult time. It is a time of readjustment that often times can be just as hard as your arrival in your host country, and many students will experience reverse culture shock. Reverse culture shock is not unilateral, and includes the many emotions associated with your re-entry: joy in seeing your family, friends and familiar places, sadness in missing the country you called home and the experiences that came with it, and stress in not knowing how to "properly" readjust.
Readjusting to your return to the United States can take time, and students must remember to reflect upon their experience. Tell your story to friends and family. Connect with the friends you made while abroad. In short, take the necessary steps to allow yourself to experience your re-entry while keeping your time abroad alive.