Returning from your semester abroad might be tougher than you anticipate. You might even experience some reverse culture shock. You expected studying abroad to be challenging and bit scary, but coming home? That was supposed to be the easy part. Here are some helpful tips that will help you recover from your semester abroad.
1. Cook your favorite foods from abroad
After a few weeks back home from China I craved authentic Chinese food. I searched online for recipes, made a long list of ingredients, and hunted down each item at the store. My first attempts at the dishes were pretty bad, but after some practice I was making fried noodles and dumplings for my all of my roommates.
2. Explore options for internships or jobs abroad
Just because your trip is over doesn’t mean you can’t go back! Seek out international companies online and email any foreign contacts you might have made. Don’t forget to emphasize your unique skill set from living abroad- you’re adaptable and adventurous. There are internship and job opportunities waiting for you.
3. Encourage others at your home university to travel
A great way to cope with missing your life abroad is sharing it with others. Volunteer to make presentations about your experience in language classes or at study abroad information sessions at your school. Inspiring and encouraging others to make the leap is incredibly rewarding. Plus, you get to relive all of your favorite memories.
4. Stay connected and meet up with the friends you made
This is a huge one. It’s hard once you’re spread out across the world, but keeping in contact with the friends you made abroad is essential. You shared an experience with these people that no one else will ever truly understand. If you live near each other you can make plans to meet up for a weekend and reminisce the good ol’ days.
5. Plan your next adventure
Don’t stay bored for long! Make a list of your top future travel destinations and start saving up. Before you know it you’ll be back on a plane to have another adventure abroad.