Reverse Culture Shock
Many students feel the symptoms of reverse culture shock upon returning to the United States as they re-adjust to their “home” culture—a culture that, ironically, may now feel foreign. Perhaps after spending a year in Norway, you find the social mores and values of your peers, family, and/or elected representatives disturbing or problematic. Or, perhaps you find your day-to-day routine less exciting and fulfilling than those six months interning at a refugee re-settlement camp in Ethiopia.
It is important to prepare for reverse culture shock in advance by reading books and articles on the subject. Some of the challenges of reverse culture shock you simply must face. After all, you will have to adjust to your “home” culture eventually. Setting realistic expectations for your “home” culture and having empathetic communication outlets are two of many coping strategies that can reduce stress and anxiety. Below are some resources that can guide you through reverse culture shock.