My time in Australia almost seems like a distant memory now and it’s hard to believe that my time to study abroad has come and gone. It’s been 5 weeks and 4 days since I’ve been home. When I first got home I didn’t really feel any different, if anything it felt like I never left at all. For a while I was just very happy to be home again, see friends I hadn’t seen in a long time and eat food that I’d missed so much. Also, my birthday was coming up so I was very busy planning that and didn’t give myself a chance to miss Australia. However, after my birthday passed and I had seen all the friends I wanted to see, I noticed that I started to feel lonely and bored.
Before I left to study abroad, I did read a few blogs on how people readjust to life back home after spending a long period of time abroad, to prepare myself for what was to come. However, I now realise that I was ill-prepared as everyone’s experience is going to be different because it depends on the individuals’ experience abroad and how that time away has affected you. For me coming back wasn’t “a culture shock…again” but it was more of a drastic lifestyle change. I wouldn’t say I miss Australia as such (maybe just the weather), rather I would say I miss the life I had in Sydney. Living abroad I was more social, more carefree and more adventurous but in my current situation at home, I don’t really have the opportunity to be.
Regardless, it may be worth reading about what you could potentially experience after coming home. It may not prepare you for what you may personally face however I think it’s good to have an idea of what could happen. Here are some websites which you could take a look at:
The thing, however, that I think is universal is that readjusting will take some time. It’s not going to be easy but we will get through it.