I went to an Erasmus and year abroad Disorientation event for students who have just come back from their year abroad. And before going to the event I didn’t know that reverse culture shock was something that effected people because coming back home should be the easy part. However, this is not the case for everyone, some people find it hard to settle back in, including myself. I find it hard to feel at home when I’m surrounded by friends and loved ones, I feel that I am home but yet home is so so foreign and different. Everything is not quiet how I remembered it to be and yet it is familiar.
The International office some gave good advice on how to tackle reverse culture shock. These include staying in touch with the friends I made during my year abroad. And I have to say that this is really helping me create a new normal. Speaking to my friends that I left in France helps me to feel connected to France whilst still being in England. It makes me feel that my year abroad experience has not ended and that it is just the beginning because the new friends that I met in France are still part of my life here in England.
Another useful advice was that I keep travelling. Although travelling during my final year with dissertations and deadlines looming over me is going to be hard. I will try to find time, even if it is just travelling around England to cities I’ve never visited before. I feel like it will help me keep my new found love of travelling alive.