Reverse Culture Shock Impacts Students Returning From Abroad
from USA Today
Rachel Glanz was set on getting a car for her senior year at Duke University. But after spending the semester in Copenhagen, the idea of using anything other than a bike to get around now seems ridiculous in her mind. "They think its absurd that we have families with more than one car. You just don't need them. Every single woman bikes to work in her suit and high heels," Glanz says. Glanz's epiphany is an example of a study abroad side-effect known as "reverse culture shock." While study abroad advisers warn students about the shock they'll experience living in a new country, they often forget to mention the difficult transition that students face as they adjust to life when they return to school.
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