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Joseph Expands the List of Things That Cause Culture Shock

by Guest Post - Posts (67). Posted Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Last week Ilham described some of the difficulties he’s had readjusting to Indonesian culture after his year in the States – unorganized queues, scary traffic, and a flexible sense of being on time all made his list of things that have required some getting used to. Well, Joseph wrote in to add to that list […]

Reverse Culture Shock is a Lonely Experience

by Guest Post - Posts (67). Posted Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 9:37 am

After Ilham’s year at Madison College as part of the Community College Initiative program, he knew to experience some reverse culture shock when he went home. But he wrote in to share how he wasn’t prepared for what it was really like to go back to Indonesia; in particular, he’s having trouble rekindling relationships with […]

The U.S. in Words #9: All Good Things Come to an End

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 10:51 am

The ninth in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. All good things come to an end = English idiom I’ve just finished my program at Susquehanna University. Even though my column is called “The U.S. in Words,” there are hardly enough words to explain how I feel. […]

The Girl Who Never Gets Homesick

by Sunny Peng - Posts (5). Posted Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

On May 14th last summer, I was enjoying a casual layover at Istanbul Airport and my brief immersion into Turkish culture, when I suddenly started to wonder where exactly I was going. Technically speaking, I was going back home. But where counts as “home”? I grew up in a traditional Chinese family in Hubei, with […]

On the Comforts and Disappointments of Going Home

by Yu - Posts (3). Posted Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

When I left home for the first time it did not occur to me that I would never be able to return to it again. I don’t mean ‘return’ in the literal sense, but in the sense that something happens between the moment that you leave a place and go back to it that irrevocably […]

Not the Home of My Memories, but Still Home

by Qian - Posts (7). Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 11:28 am

We’ve been hearing a lot about how studying abroad changes your definition of home.  Olena found it difficult at first to settle back into life in Ukraine.  For Sebastian, transitioning between Kansas and Bolivia is easy, but he struggled to accept that Kansas now feels as much like home as his birthplace.  Qian too feels […]

Does Gaining a New Home Mean Giving Up the Old One?

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 11:47 am

While spending my winter break with my family in Bolivia, I received a message from a school friend in Kansas asking me, “When are you home?” It was a simple question, but it caught me off guard. She just wanted to know when I was planning on getting back to Kansas, but I was struck […]

A Fresh Perspective on My Two Homes: US and Ukraine

by Olena - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

Kyiv (left) and Ohio University (right) (Source: Google Maps – DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, USDA Farm Service Agency) What is it like going back home after 15 months in the U.S.? I began looking forward to it the minute I booked my flight, which was three months in advance. I expected myself to be excited beyond all […]

Reverse Culture Shock: How I’ve Changed in the US

by Tara - Posts (11). Posted Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

After seven months of exploring, enjoying, adapting, torturing…. in the U.S., I finally went back to my home country, China! What was waiting for me there was the incredibly great city of Beijing, yummy Chinese food, old friends who I missed so much, my college, which is my favorite place in the world…and some CULTURE […]

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