Reflecting On Your Experience

It’s a funny thing about coming home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You realize what has changed is you.

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Being able to make sense of your study abroad experience can be one of the most rewarding, yet also challenging aspects of studying abroad. Below are some resources to support you as you process and reflect on your time overseas.

Office of Global Programs and Fellowships

After your time abroad, it is invaluable to reflect on your overall experience. Besides reflection sessions that are offered after your study abroad experience, do not hesitate to reach out to your study abroad adviser to unpack your experience and to discuss future goals. It is common for students to continue to reflect well-after they return from abroad, as the experience can impact you personally, professionally and academically in a variety of ways.

Counseling and Psychological Services

While we hope that your experience was incredibly beneficial, returning from study abroad can sometimes be an overwhelming experience even for those more well-traveled. You may even experience what some refer to as Reverse Culture Shock. Those around you may not be able to relate to your time abroad which can sometimes be challenging. Your friends or your environment may have changed in ways that you did not anticipate.

Feelings of stress and confusion are completely normal in the re-entry process of coming back home. However, if you feel you are having trouble adjusting to being back in the United States or coping with the changes that have occurred and need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to visit Counseling & Psychological Services:

Counseling & Psychological Services
8th floor, Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway, Mail Code 2606
New York, NY 10027

Appointments: 212 854 2878

After-hours clinician-on-call: 212 854 2878