Re-entry is the process of returning home after spending time abroad. It is a powerful experience that has the potential to allow for personal growth, to provide mobility for social action and civic engagement, to enhance skills for your professional life, and lastly the ability to further your knowledge about the world and your place within it.
The traditional view of re-entry has focused mainly on the emotional challenges that come with seeing your home community or country again after studying or living abroad. Like many other students returning from studying abroad, the emotions are just one aspect of your experience. You may also need to:
- meaningfully connect with others through social action or civic engagement;
- integrate your new experiences into your academic and professional life;
- find ways to continue to embody the global understanding that you experienced abroad.
To get you started, the re-entry worm can be a useful tool in helping you realize that you are not alone in feeling a range of emotions. We recognize that illustrations like the "reentry worm" may be useful for many students and that NOT all students’ experiences fit into these categories. While the worm shows these emotions in an order, we know that emotions can happen at any point during your re-entry. In fact, you may not classify any of your experiences this way. The worm offers us a range of feelings that may be happening.