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How to Re-Adjust to Life at Home After Studying Abroad


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For many of you who are studying abroad for the semester, Christmas marks two things: you get to see your fam again (yay!) and your overseas adventure has come to a close (sigh).

If you’re feeling a little deflated now that your study abroad has finished, here are some tips to help you re-adjust to life back home.

1. Keep in Touch

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Chances are, you’ve made a ton of new friends abroad and they probably hail from all over the world! It’s so worthwhile to keep those connections strong beyond just a few Facebook messages. Write letters, exchange little hometown gifts, Skype, or even save up to visit your international friends.

Not only will you remember all the good times you had while you were abroad, but you’ll make new memories and plan exciting new experiences, too. Plus, you’ll probably be reminded of lots of little funny moments that you’ll be able to tell your family over Christmas dinner!

2. Organize Your Memories

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You’re going to end up with so many little pieces of your trip – ticket stubs, posters, presents, pictures, etc. – so consider putting together a scrapbook, photo album, or memory box. 

By putting everything together, you’ll have something to look at every time you start to miss your trip, and you can remember everything you were able to see and experience. Also, when you head back to your home university, you’ll have a great way of showing off your time abroad to friends.

3. Socialize!

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You might be feeling a little bit down, but your friends and family have missed you – a lot. They want to hear about your experiences, your trips, and everything else about your time abroad.

Although you might not feel like going out and you might feel a little disconnected from everyone back home, it does help to socialize. Talking about your semester abroad will bring up all the good times – and seeing your friend’s and family’s reactions to your stories will make everything exciting again! You can even share some photos and walk through your memories together.

Your thoughts?

Did you study abroad this semester? What are you going to miss most? How are you coping with coming home? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Posted on on December 22, 2013 / Filed Under: College Life / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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3 Responses to “How to Re-Adjust to Life at Home After Studying Abroad”

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    December 22nd, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Thi article makes it sound as if you’re depressed to be home…. I can’t say I felt anything remotely like what this article describes after studying abroad.

    The things listed are good to do no matter how you feel though.

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    December 22nd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This makes me miss home so much. :( Great tips! These tips have really helped me. Thank you!

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    May 22nd, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I have to disagree with the first comment and completely agree with the article. Living abroad for at least several months changes you. Yes I habe amazing friends and family at home who I love deeply. But if you’re a person who would move abroad and really enjoys it to the fullest but at some point has to leave again… well, it makes you sad! But obviously you need to move on and start a new chapter and definitely stay in contact with your new friends.

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