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Niesen, Reentry Workshop

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Niesen, Reentry Workshop

  1. 1. Re-entry Shock and Relationships: Reconnecting with Friends and Family After Your Study Abroad (and Beyond) Caroline Niesen, MA Instructor & Advisor ccniesen@gmail.com
  2. 2. Getting Acquainted • Share your: – Host country – Length of stay – Favorite food you ate while abroad
  3. 3. Overview and Goals for Today • Discuss re-entry shock and its impact on you and your support network • Learn about effective communication strategies • Connect with others who have studied abroad to share experiences
  4. 4. Communication & Relationships • Oftentimes re-entry is an internalized struggle • One expects coming home to be a positive experience • Free Write Exercise: – When I returned home I was disappointed with __________ because… – Share responses after a full 5 minutes of writing
  5. 5. It’s Normal To... • Feel sad, lost, socially withdrawn, and disinterested • Be dissatisfied with your life at home in comparison to abroad • Want to talk about your experience profusely • Feel neglected by friends and family • …feel none of the above
  6. 6. W-Shaped Readjustment Process • Departure • Honeymoon • Re-entry • Initial adjustment • Reintegration (Szkudlarek, 2010)
  7. 7. Severity of Shock Depends On…• Age• Sex• Length of time abroad• Cultural distance• Previous abroad experience• Disposition• Communication style• Knowledge of re-entry shock
  8. 8. “How Was Your Trip!?”• List of 3 Key Anecdotes: Compiling Experiences – Write down 3 things you learned, experienced, or found fascinating – Turn to someone next to you and ask ―How was your trip!?‖ – Share your responses – Switch roles
  9. 9. Re-Entry Shock & Communication • Communication = essence of understanding your experience • Friends/family want to hear about your experiences…to a point • Friends/family changed while you were gone, too • Sharing is a two-way street
  10. 10. It’s a Give and Take… • Giving is part of communication • Giving=listening • What type of listener are you? • Listening Styles Profile – Fill out the survey based on your initial reactions – Tabulate scores – Where do you rank highest? – If you’re a time, action, or content listener…time to readjust to others
  11. 11. Communication Strategies • You’ve changed. It’s inevitable. • Make friends here today as allies to talk study abroad. • Speak up! Friends and family may not know you are struggling. • Share your experiences in a public forum—present to a local school, do a community presentation, or organize a poster session on campus. • Create a club on campus for past, current, and future study abroaders.
  12. 12. Now You Know…• Your struggles with adjustment (or lack thereof) are normal• It will get better! Adjusting is a constant life process, not just in re-entry• Condensing your experience to 3 key anecdotes is beneficial• Talking with others about your struggles is HEALTHY, so speak up!• Listening is an essential part of relationships

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