The 4 Stages Of Returning From Study Abroad As Told By "Gossip Girl"
Start writing a post
Entertainment

The 4 Stages Of Returning From Study Abroad As Told By "Gossip Girl"

28
The 4 Stages Of Returning From Study Abroad As Told By "Gossip Girl"

A lot of people say college is the best four years of your life...but what about the best semester? For quite a few students, this is the semester that they study abroad. You're immersed in a new culture with different foods, people and daily norms. Many students claim that this is a "life-changing experience" for them. "Reverse culture shock" is a phenomenon used to describe what it is like to return home after being away for a significant amount of time. What can be hardest about reverse culture shock is that you don't expect it. When you go abroad, you expect that everything will be new and different. However, the process of returning home can be just as much of an adjustment. Let Gossip Girl enlighten you (as it always does) on what kinds of emotions you'll go through when you return home.

1. Disengagement.

This stage occurs during the last couple days or weeks before you've returned home. You start realizing that you will soon have to say goodbye to the friends you've made abroad and maybe your host family.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F13%2F635883246937681042605592641_Blake-Lively-Bored.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=384&h=b8656c6b65f48c8c1508a308044995b9c80dba50fd7ee094687b6cebc82c8be3&size=980x&c=2639628555 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F13%252F635883246937681042605592641_Blake-Lively-Bored.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D384%26h%3Db8656c6b65f48c8c1508a308044995b9c80dba50fd7ee094687b6cebc82c8be3%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2639628555%22%7D" expand=1]

2. Initial Euphoria.

This stage occurs right when you come back home. Chances are that you've missed your family and friends a lot when you were away - and now you can finally see them again and catch up. The length of this stage varies. It ends when you come to realize that your family and friends are not quite as interested in your abroad experience as you thought or hoped they would be.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F13%2F635883247620370701-1255940737_tumblr_mbnb37KTFe1r0byljo1_500.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=472&h=65c5756f4f324b8448a16408d400174b775606e3bc74ae8498897f39f7fb80f0&size=980x&c=1127386547 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F13%252F635883247620370701-1255940737_tumblr_mbnb37KTFe1r0byljo1_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D472%26h%3D65c5756f4f324b8448a16408d400174b775606e3bc74ae8498897f39f7fb80f0%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1127386547%22%7D" expand=1]

3. Irritability and Anger.

This is the most unpleasant stage, and it is actually pretty similar to the culture shock you experienced when you first arrived in your foreign study abroad location. Feelings of loneliness and depression are not uncommon, as you realize that you are not the same person you were before you left. You see many things in a different light, and that can require some getting used to.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F13%2F635883260209493183-879793593_tumblr_muyavyvRBX1rlieqko1_500.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=614&h=9e75e3a043d023eef57b1a8ac68d6e2e76425c922b3b991c2a04cfe557f4f189&size=980x&c=299310977 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F13%252F635883260209493183-879793593_tumblr_muyavyvRBX1rlieqko1_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D614%26h%3D9e75e3a043d023eef57b1a8ac68d6e2e76425c922b3b991c2a04cfe557f4f189%26size%3D980x%26c%3D299310977%22%7D" expand=1]


4. Adaptation.

This is the final stage. You've been home for a while, and although things are not exactly the same as when you left, you're okay with that. You start settling into a new routine and you are able to incorporate the new attitudes, beliefs and experiences you had abroad into your life back at home.

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F13%2F635883250916729512-1446214686_large.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=8&h=3e6dc8e77e4eb52e6c28724d521aea80e088c1f98d72aa077231f445d8129d96&size=980x&c=1516695674 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F13%252F635883250916729512-1446214686_large.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D8%26h%3D3e6dc8e77e4eb52e6c28724d521aea80e088c1f98d72aa077231f445d8129d96%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1516695674%22%7D" expand=1]

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

What Memorial Day Is

The importance of Memorial Day

2255
Haddon Heights Library

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Keep Reading... Show less
What College Girls Remember from their Summers as a Kid

Yes, summer is almost here.. so what should we remember

Keep Reading... Show less
The 100 Things Millennials have ruined: A Comprehensive List
http://www.factandmyth.com/the-middle-class/are-mi...

Millennials: the generation everyone loves to hate. The babies of 1980 to 1995 take a lot of heat. I mean, we inherited a crashed economy, earn stagnant wages, live with crippling student loan debt, and try to enact change in a rigged system but our affinity for avocado toast and use of technology has wrecked society as we know it! As a tail end millennial, I wanted to know what I was ruining and, like any other annoying millennial would, I did some research. I scoured the internet, read online newspapers and scrolled through every listicle I could find. So, in case you needed another reason to resent the millennial in your life, here are the 100 industries we've killed, things we've ruined or concepts we've destroyed.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

This month, Odyssey brings about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community.

11038
Anxiety Doesn't Discriminate

It's no secret that even in 2018 our country still struggles with discrimination of all kinds. Society labels individuals by the color of their skin, heritage, religion, sexuality, gender, size, and political beliefs. You are either privileged or you're not. However, here's the thing, anxiety doesn't care about your privilege. Anxiety doesn't discriminate.

Keep Reading... Show less
College Boy Charm is Real and it's Very Sexy
Disney

After surviving a year of college and watching "Clueless" countless times, I've come to the conclusion that college boy charm is very much a real thing and it's very very attractive. It's easiest explained through Paul Rudd's character, Josh, in "Clueless". The boy who has a grip on his life and is totally charming. In this article, I will list the qualities of a specimen with College Boy Charm, to help you identify him at your next party or other social events.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments