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Returning From Study Away

“Culture shock is the expected confrontation with the unfamiliar. Reentry shock is the unexpected confrontation with the familiar.”

Returning to the U.S. from your semester away can be a challenging and difficult time. For some, readjusting to life at home can be as difficult as, if not more so, than adjusting to life in your host culture abroad.

But remember, this period of readjustment can also be the time when you learn the most from your intercultural experience. As you re-adjust to the culture of the US and Oberlin, it's always helpful to understand what you're going through, and if necessary, come up with some healthy ways to explore this time of transition.

Please explore the resources in this section...