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What can parents expect and do to help their son/daughter readjust from studying abroad?

3 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Rae Rae
     
    Rae Rae
    Senior Year Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    The best thing you can do is care! I know when I came home from France I had hundreds of...
    The best thing you can do is care! I know when I came home from France I had hundreds of pictures and I wanted to show them all to my mom and tell her about everything I learned! She was enthused for a while but soon she just brushed it off and told me do my chores. Even if you don’t see the significance of dozens of pictures of old buildings or sprawling landscapes they mean the world your child. Be interested in your child and ask about their experiences and what they learned. I know for you, everything has been the same, but for you child a lot has changed. Going abroad is a life-altering occurrence so when your child gets back, don’t expect them to be the exact same person. I would give them an “adjustment period” of a week or two for them to come to terms with their experiences before they can resume their usual mode of behavior.
  • mentor picture Danilo Bonilla
     
    Danilo Bonilla
    International Programs Counselor
    UCLA Education Abroad Program


    Hear this mentor’s advice for parents on what to expect from their child when they return from abroad.
  • mentor picture Destinee
     
    Destinee
    Junior Year Student
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Re-entry can be very difficult for some students. Parents want to show interest by asking questions...
    Re-entry can be very difficult for some students. Parents want to show interest by asking questions such as “what did you enjoy the most?” or “what did you learn?” These broad questions can be very hard for students to answer. It is impossible to sum up everything one has learned or experienced while abroad. It is important to let your student share all the stories and pictures that they are willing to share but it is additionally to give them space to adjust. He/she was just living in a foreign country (without parents) and may be feeling like his/her independence is being threatened. Welcome your student home, show you are interested and then give them to become reacquainted with their environment.
 
 
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