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Returning to the U.S.


As you return from your off-campus experiences, it is important for you to think intentionally about your re-entry to your life at Calvin or post Calvin. Re-entry is the process of returning home after spending time off-campus. Re-entry is often most difficult for students who have studied abroad but it can also be present for those who have had an intense experience in the United States. By traveling off-campus, you have kindled a flame that can be used in many ways. Keep the flame alive by sharing your experience with others, becoming active in your local community, advocating for our brothers and sisters around the world, and finding ways to continue to embody the global understanding that you experienced while away. You may be surprised to find that the lessons of your recent journey are applicable right here at home.

The re-entry process can be more difficult for some than others but almost all students experience some form of reverse culture shock as they return home after an intense semester off-campus. Similar to culture shock, you can find yourself moving through various stages as you work to integrate your time away into your life at home. There are a number of strategies that you can employ to help in this transition process. Please take a moment to review these strategies and find the ones that will work best for you.

Calvin has a number of resources that you can take advantage of as you make this transition.

Strategies for Personal/Emotional Re-entry
Strategies for Civic Engagement and Social Action
Strategies for Academic Reintegration
Strategies for Professional Development