Coming Home: 5 Things to Expect After Studying Abroad

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  1. You want to go back immediately.

I know this seems a little odd, because you’re probably thinking that you will be so excited to be back home with your family and friends. That is true, but your experience abroad will have you wanting to turn around in the airport and get right back on a plane. There is something special about students experiencing foreign cultures that gets into their blood and makes them want to become a world traveler.

  1. Your family and friends missed you a lot…

No matter how long you have been abroad, your family and friends will make it seem like they haven’t seen you in years. Everyone is going to want some of your time to see you and catch up. It is awesome being able to see all of your family and friends, but sometimes it can get a little exhausting, especially when you are worn out from traveling! Be sure to make time for everyone but don’t forget to make time for yourself!

  1. But they don’t want to hear every detail

Then, why do they ask all about it? Your family and friends have missed you like crazy and want to hear your stories, but they don’t necessarily want to hear every single thing that happened. If somebody asks you how your experience abroad was, it is so easy to sit down and talk for hours about what happened, day by day. However, people don’t find every single detail as amazing as you do, since they weren’t there. So try to keep it to the highlights! (If you need to share, come to the Resource Center in 315 Bradley Hall. We would love to hear your stories about being abroad!)

  1. Nearly everything you do will remind you of an experience abroad.

It’s crazy how much occurs in your time abroad, whether you take a summer program or a yearlong program! When you come back from being abroad, almost everything that happens to you on a daily basis will remind you of something that occurred there. It’s awesome how this happens, and it immediately makes us want to tell a story about how that reminded us of our experience abroad.

  1. Culture Shock, Round 2!

This again probably sounds pretty nuts, but it’s the truth! After being completely immersed in a foreign culture in such a unique way, being home and even just in the United States does not feel like it used to for a little while. It’s an odd feeling and very difficult to explain, but just like your experience abroad, it will take some time to get used to things.

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Brandon Burzynski is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying finance. Brandon participated in the UK Sponsored Culture and Communication in Peru program in summer 2015.