Although I look forward to going back home, I will miss Japan and KCP. Any advice to ease the transition?

Coming back home may be very challenging. You’ll be leaving Japan just when you’re getting used to your new surroundings. You will have had many new experiences and will have gained new perceptions about Japan, America, or your home country. Your time in Japan is a very personal experience that many of your friends at home may not be able to understand or even seem to care about.

You may find it hard to relate to friends or to the latest trends and happenings. This may be frustrating at first. You may begin to question your own country, re-evaluating what many Americans simply take for granted. You will have become a member of a small group of people who have had the opportunity to live and study abroad.

To help ease this transition, plan your return early. Discuss re-entry into classes with your advisor.

When you get home, consider reaching out to international groups on campus, and visit your study abroad office to find out ways of participating in Japan-related or international events on campus or in the greater community.

Find other students who have lived overseas. They’ll understand more easily what you’re going through and relate to your feelings. You will have gained a greater understanding of the Japanese culture, while at the same time seeing your own culture from a different perspective. You will also have a very good idea about what other foreign students feel when they study in America.

We at KCP encourage you to write to us and let us know how you are doing. We wish you the very best!