Welcome back to the United States and Skidmore College! How is it to be back? Are you finding that coming home is more difficult than you anticipated, or have you made the transition back with ease? Many students find that while it’s great to be reunited with loved ones and hanging out in all the old comfortable places, they’re still feeling a little off-center or out of place.
It could be that you’re finding your friends and family can’t relate to your experience abroad or that you do not relate to your old friends. Perhaps it’s difficult to be back in an American classroom and surrounded by American culture. No doubt Saratoga Springs seems a tad boring after the excitement and novelty of Paris, Katmandu or London. These feelings are quite normal. Re-entering your culture can be just as difficult as adjusting to your host culture when you went abroad; for some students, it may be even more challenging.
Even if you aren't feeling the malaise of re-entry, you still may be trying to figure out how you can incorporate everything you've learned abroad into your life here. This section is designed to help you “re-enter” the United States and Skidmore College and move forward as a more internationalized person. Read on for information on everything from surviving the perils of re-entry “shock” to working abroad and preparing your resumé for the future.