RETURNING TO DAVIDSON
We are glad that you are back on campus, and look forward to hearing from you. Remember that we rely on your feedback to help us inform future study abroad participants! We encourage you to complete on-line evaluations and to set up a meeting with education abroad staff if you would like to discuss your experience in further detail.
Please take a look at the four part re-entry series in your online study abroad account and watch for announcements about re-entry events such as receptions and workshops, returnee resource tables, and group meetings. We encourage you to attend these and other opportunities where you can catch up with classmates, professors, staff and others to exchange information about study abroad experiences.
Bear in mind that it is normal to experience some form of reverse culture shock. If you find the re-adjustment process to be difficult, we strongly encourage you to seek assistance. The Counseling Center at Davidson College is a valuable resource. Students are provided with free counseling sessions. Appointments are confidential and can be made by calling 704-894-2451.
Be patient with yourself and get involved with activities that allow you to build on your study abroad experience. This may facilitate the re-entry process. We hope the suggestions below can also help.
- Stay in touch with your host family, teachers, or friends you made abroad.
- Attend events sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.
- Keep up with current events in your host country through on-line media and resources available through the Davidson Library.
- Write about your international experience for the Toilet Paper, the Davidsonian, or other publications on campus.
- Plug into the international community in Charlotte through the World Affairs Council, International House Charlotte, or the Charlotte International Cabinet.
- Get involved with Dean Rusk Global Corps, DIA,or other international or multicultural groups on campus.
- Process your thoughts with a mental health counselor from the Student Health Center.
- Take an interest assessment at the Center for Career Development.
- Contact alumni working abroad or on international issues through the Davidson International Network on LinkedIn.
- Talk with individuals in the Center for Civic Engagement about ways to get involved on and off campus.
- Apply for a Dean Rusk Travel Grant and go abroad again!