The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition


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"...My first adult overseas posting could have ended in disaster if someone had not forewarned me what I could expect to experience. My husband and I were preparing to move our very young family to Peshawar, Pakistan, widely acknowledged as being quite a difficult place to live, especially for women. I did a reconnaissance trip beforehand and was not looking forward to going. Somehow in all the preparations for leaving I ..."
"...time that you have a name. Sociologists call people who grow up outside their parents’ home culture or cultures global nomads (GNs) or third culture kids (TCKs). Whatever your case may be, this book is designed for you and for this particular stage in your life because your global experiences have created benefits and challenges you can build on and grow from as you transition from life abroad back to your home country or on to another host country. ..."
"... you can build on and grow from as you transition from life abroad back to your home country or on to another host country. - International Mobility experiences - There are three different types of experiences relating to international mobility for attending university: (1) Repatriating ..."
"... home country or on to another host country. - International Mobility Experiences - There are three different types of experiences relating to international mobility for attending university: (1) Repatriating TCKs, (2) Transitioning TCKs, (3) International or foreign students ..."
"... do not recognize that they don’t know the culture of their passport country as well those around them assume they do. - Commonality in the experiences - While you may have different backgrounds and experiences, what you all have in common is each of you is making a cross-cultural ..."
"...While you may have different backgrounds and experiences, what you all have in common is each of you is making a cross-cultural transition for university. While most of what is discussed throughout these pages is particularly focused on GNs/TCKs who are going back to attend university in their passport culture, I invite those of you with slightly ..."
"...Internationally mobile young people often grapple with certain issues that those who have been born and bred in one country may not experience, such as, “Where on earth do I belong?” This can be an especially tough question when you are supposedly returning “home.” After years of answering the question, “Where are you from?” by stating the country written on your passport, you may feel like anything but that nationality when you ..."
"...Rita’s experience is not unusual. After having lived a most interesting and rich life outside their passport culture(s), when TCKs repatriate, it takes a while to feel as if they fit into what is supposed to be their own culture. The good news is that research has shown that people who ..."
"... of people who have done the same thing. What she discovered is that the sense of belonging is found neither in the home culture nor in the host culture, but with others who share the experience of living outside their passport cultures. - The Expanded Definition - Dave Pollock, ..."
"...Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ passport culture. The TCK builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background. ..."
" countries (the second culture), but belonging is in that community of people who have shared a similar way of living. Finding commonality with others is what gives the sense of belonging regardless of their national, ethnic or cultural heritage. Together these students form a common, shared set of experiences. ..."
", for you, a much abbreviated foundational session. It is important to remember that when we generalize about a group of people, we cannot speak for the individuals themselves. Everyone is different and may not demonstrate the same traits or tendencies as the majority of the group. The TCK experience can be incredibly enriching for some, a real struggle for others and somewhere in between for still others. ..."
" Pollock’s expanded TCK definition and look closely at the last phrase: “…the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.” Remember what Dr. Useem found in her research – that third culture kids preferred to hang out with kids who had had a similar experience? Libby Stephens from Interaction International and a colleague of the late Dave Pollock says, “You can put two TCKs in a room with 200 other people and within minutes they will find each other.” ..."
"...friends in the “home” country. Then, when the time comes to return to their host country, it means another round of good-byes to family and hellos to the friends they left behind. Even if this particular type of mobility does not apply to the TCK, they still undoubtedly have experiences with people whom they care about moving in and out of their lives with a certain amount of frequency. Teachers, mentors, best friends, coaches, pastors, beloved neighbors are seemingly constantly coming and going in that very transient third culture. This is one of the reasons international schools can be ..."
"... own. - Adaptability - Surviving chronic change can bring resilience. The typical TCK experience means repeatedly having to cope with new situations. This is one reason many TCKs actually manage the university transition better than their home-country peers. - Social Skills - On ..."
"...anyone else TCKs respond to a given situation in a variety of ways. While some will grow from their multiple moves and constantly changing cultures, others will be practically paralyzed by them. Some will be outgoing and adventurous, others will withdraw and become incredibly shy and still others will experience everything in between. ..."
"...On the other hand, TCKs are often perceived as being arrogant – boastful, haughty and just plain showing off – when they are only trying to share their life experiences with others not familiar with the international lifestyle. These are the only stories they have to tell and they don’t think of them as being so unusual. It is not surprising that TCKs feel more comfortable being with other internationally oriented people who can relate to the places a ..."
"... food he or she has eaten, or even the airplane and bathroom stories they so enjoy sharing. They too, are “abnormally normal.” - experience versus Identity - You are a global citizen, global nomad, third culture kid who has adopted languages, customs, and belief systems of other ..."
"...You are a global citizen, global nomad, third culture kid who has adopted languages, customs, and belief systems of other cultures in addition to those of your home culture. They have shaped you, just as everyone’s experiences have shaped them, to be the individual human being that you are. These experiences and influences have helped you develop your unique gifts, talents and interests that could have been very different if you had never gone abroad. ..."
"...While your world view and conceptual thinking may not be like those of your peers back home and you may not share popular culture or common experiences with them, what you do share is humanity. Each of you is, first and foremost, a person. You all have the same relational, emotional, spiritual, creative, intellectual, physical, and other basic needs. TCKs fundamentally then are not different as people but their experiences have been different. ..."
" are. And you are not a victim because you are a TCK. Having led a TCK lifestyle is a beautiful gift as long as you have the knowledge and self-awareness to work positively with it. There can be a tendency for people to blame their problems on life experiences they could not control and use them as an excuse to explain away their issues. Minorities, immigrants or refugees could look at themselves the same way and say they have issues because of their circumstances. Everyone has issues regardless of their experiences. Being a TCK is only one part ..."
"... Being a TCK is only one part of you. TCKs are not alone in their search for identity which often accompanies the college years. Brent, the quintessential TCK at the beginning of the chapter says this of the identity search and the college experience: - TCKs as a Sub-Group - In her ..."
"...In her circuit of domestic and international speaking engagements, Ruth Van Reken was consistently having people come up to her after her talk and saying things like, “I have never left my home country and yet, I have experienced the exact same things you are talking about with TCKs. Why is that?” ..."
" too, albeit perhaps in different ways. It may be reassuring to know that you will meet others on your college or university campuses who may be experiencing the same things you are going through even if they do not share an international background. If you understand your own experiences, you might be able to give others an understanding of themselves as well. ..."

"...cycle, I have seen it evidenced in so many aspects of life. I watched as my parents went through it from involvement to re-involvement when they moved out of their home and into an assisted living community. A good friend who survived breast cancer explained to me how she experienced the five stages as she withdrew from friends and responsibilities to undergo chemo and radiation therapy and then came back “to the land of the living” when she realized she had it beaten. ..."
" before they have to pack up again and move to yet another, even if it is just going from host country to passport country for the summer and back again. Which one truly is “home”? This is part of what leads to the rootlessness and restlessness TCKs often experience. ..."
"...attending university in their own country. Maureen Tillman, author of “College With Confidence,” is a licensed clinical social worker who understands well what it takes even for domestic students to make successful university transitions. She has a comprehensive psychotherapy service that supports American students and parents through the college experience, and I can tell you that she stays very busy. ..."
"...struggle with the cultural transition as well. When someone moves from one area to another of a sizeable country such as the U.S. or Canada, it can be equally disorienting because they have, for all intents and purposes, entered another culture. Some TCKs have been able to relate the experiences of their struggling peers to their own which resulted in helpful bonding. ..."
"... stages, with the dark line indicating level of feeling, it would look something like the graph (Fig. 2.2) on the next page. - How to Have a Positive experience - While transitions are never easy, and they can be quite uncomfortable as you can see from Figure 2.2 above, there is good ..."
"...Research has shown that people who receive cross-cultural training before making an international move have a much smoother adjustment. In fact, research from The Interchange Institute’s 2004 Prudential Financial relocation study, Many Expatriates Many Voices, shows that expatriates who received cross-cultural training described themselves as having a more positive experience and better adjustment to their new surroundings than those who did not. Their Mental Health Inventory scores were higher and levels of depression lower. Eric Kruger, President of Compass Cross-Cultural Coaching, notes from his own experience in working with expatriate families that emotional responses to the transition cycle after ..."
"...You can see that the training does not completely take away the vacillating emotional responses, but the ups are not nearly as high and the downs not nearly as low, and the responses are more rounded than they were without training. Knowing you can expect to experience ups and downs, highs and lows in the transition/adjustment cycle enables you to recognize when it is happening to you and assists you in normalizing your experiences. ..."
"...This is the first stage of the transition cycle – the stage of involvement. It may seem odd to give this experience (if you can call it that) a name depicting a stage because to you it is just going about living a normal kind of life. However, by recognizing this as a starting point, it sets the stage for what changes, how it changes and when it changes. Read on. ..."

"...childhood in Switzerland, is attending a small liberal arts college on the east coast of the U.S. She asked me to read journal entries she had written during her semester abroad to China. She needed to talk with someone who could help her make sense of the emotions she experienced during the different phases of her travels. Through the sensitive, insightful and descriptive entries in those crinkled and folded pages I was able to follow her journey through each of the three most difficult stages of transition – leaving, transition and entering. Whether you are leaving for a foreign ..."
"...No doubt the sense of anticipation and excitement you experienced while doing all those college tours was infiltrated with a bit of denial. “No, this isn’t really going to happen to me. Everybody else goes off to college, but I really don’t need to think about it seriously yet.” And yet you went through the motions of filling out ..."
"...You may be experiencing a great deal of loss as your secondary school experience draws to a close. My daughter Kacie had a huge hole in her life when the basketball season ended. Basketball had been her major love for six years so when she relinquished her role and responsibilities as co-captain of the team, she felt lost. As a last-year student, she ..."
"... Pollock quote from the TCK book which stuns me every time I read it: For most TCKs the collection of significant losses and separations before the end of adolescence is often more than most people experience in a lifetime. Imagine that before reaching age 18, most of you will have ..."
"...Imagine that before reaching age 18, most of you will have experienced more loss than most people do in their entire lives. These losses are both tangible and intangible. The tangible losses are numerous and easily recognized – houses, pets, friends, possessions, places, foods, languages, and schools to name a few. The hidden losses are more obscure. Think about it, with ..."
"... As you can see in Marie’s journal entry below that immediately followed the one at the beginning of this chapter, she, without even realizing it, was facing her fears and losses, while at the same validating her experiences and recognizing the value of having taken the journey. - ..."
"...Many cultures have wisely built traditions around saying proper farewells to help people move forward on their journeys. One of the most effective I have ever experienced incorporated reconciliation, affirmation and farewells into one gesture. When my family was leaving Switzerland a couple who had served as medical missionaries in Nepal for many years invited us over for a farewell dinner. As soon as we entered their home, the hostess came up to me and my ..."
"...short study trips, get involved in volunteer work in other countries (something particularly pertinent to TCKs who have a keen sense of global responsibility) and don’t spend much time back with their families. They are pursuing their areas of study and thinking about how they can build on their experiences for their futures. But you may be surprised at the ways and means by which you do run into your international friends throughout your college years. It is a small world, but you still need to say good-bye, so be sure to spend some time with your best buddies ..."

Chapter 4: Fish Out of Water
"...Things have changed while you’ve been away. You’ve changed while you’ve been away. Your international experience has given you different sets of rules, norms and customs. One very thoughtful person at my husband’s office had the foresight to hand us a book when we returned in 2004 to the same city we had left 15 years before. It was the Interchange Institute’s book by Dr. ..."
"...The Transition stage is also where culture shock begins to take place. The Encarta Dictionary defines culture shock as “the feelings of confusion and anxiety experienced by somebody suddenly encountering an unfamiliar cultural environment.” You may remember going through culture shock when you first moved abroad. You may even have had some training before leaving so you came to expect the different stages of culture shock. You are not immune to experiencing this shock again ..."
"...The diagram below, adapted from L. Robert Kohl’s Survival Kit for Overseas Living, shows the stages of culture shock or country shock. When it is experienced upon repatriation it is often referred to as reverse culture shock or re-entry shock. Regardless of the name, the experience is the same whether you are a foreign student entering a first or second host country or a TCK repatriating to your home country. For this reason I prefer ..."
"...I reiterate the story I tell in Chapter 1 about the man who warned me that I would experience culture shock when moving to Pakistan. What saved my marriage and family togetherness and kept us in-country was knowing (1) culture shock was going to happen and (2) I would get through it. Had he not informed me of both, I would not have realized that it was a ..."
"...Knowledge empowers us to overcome adversity. Knowing it will pass encourages us to be patient and look for resources to help us get through it. Families who understand that their repatriated child may experience reverse culture shock or transition shock can be on the ready to lend an ear, be empathetic, and successfully encourage their students. ..."
"... ▪ Fear – worry they will not succeed academically or socially in this place. ▪ Disappointment – perhaps the school, the people, the classes or the experiences have not met up to their expectations. ▪ Low self-esteem – arises from feeling marginalized. Eventually, and this can ..."
"... There may still be much you don’t care for in this new place, but you can now sort out things you were not so fond of overseas either. Your perspective is changing. You are balancing your experiences. You begin to relax and develop some routines which help bring structure and propel you forward. ..."
"...catches you off guard. It can be something as simple as feeling so overwhelmed in the grocery or department store at the choice of products you came to purchase that you cannot possibly decide on the best product so you leave without buying anything. I have personally had the experience of hyperventilating in the feminine products aisle of Wal-Mart when back on home leave from Kenya where those choices had just not been available. ..."
"...domestic students are also far away from home, maybe for the first time. Homesickness is an expression of grief. You are grieving over your losses. Domestic students share many of the same losses that you do – home, family, friends, routines, and way of life. Not everyone will necessarily experience homesickness, but for those who do, it will manifest itself in different ways for different people. For some it will be preoccupying thoughts of home. For others it may be frequent phone calls home and a feeling of uneasiness or discomfort. For most of us, especially women, it is ..."
"... Along with the losses of what you have left behind is a realm of gains. What are some of the positive things that have come out of this experience? You may be missing your old friends, but you are making new ones, seeing new places and having some exciting new experiences. Don’t give up. You will get through it. As Scarlet O’Hara says in one of her worst moments in the movie, Gone with the Wind, “Tomorrow is ..."
"...We all experience various losses throughout our lifetimes and the subsequent grief that comes with each one. It is a part of life and is difficult to avoid, especially for the TCK. As mentioned in Chapter 3, loss is a common theme for TCKs. If you can identify and put a ..."
"... year. It has been my experience in speaking with mental health professionals on college and university campuses that mental health visits and complaints of depression tend to increase about six to eight weeks after the start of the term. Some of the reasons for this timing are: ▪ The ..."
"... longer do. ▪ Irritability is common when depressed. ▪ You may have difficulty concentrating on your academic life. ▪ You may experience low energy or fatigue. - Coping Strategies - Many times, particularly in persons with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression sets in ..."
"...over the vented windows meant they would have to learn to live with the lizards. So they began to look at them as housemates and the children gave them names. It became a game to try to recognize returning visitors. What stories could you take away from your uncomfortable experiences? ..."

"...may come as a surprise to find yourself having difficulties making those connections. Because you can speak a variety of languages, have strange values and world views (comparatively speaking), and tell far out stories, your international upbringing has made you different from your home-country peers. You have no shared experience with them. You may not know their pop culture or common jokes. Some young adults never learned the childhood songs or games that their peers did. You may understand your peers to some degree, but they certainly don’t understand you. They have no frame of reference for you ..."
"...major preoccupations of TCKs. In a 1998 research study of 698 ATCKs, Ruth Useem and Ann Baker-Cottrell of San Diego State University found that three-fourths of adult TCKs feel different from others who have not lived abroad as children, and especially from those who have had no international experience. ..."
"...she was because she didn’t have a sense of belonging anywhere. She wasn’t Asian, African, European or American, although elements of each of those places certainly helped form her sense of self. She, like all TCKs, is layered with all the cultures she has meaningfully interacted with and the experiences she has shared. She did not share a commonality with any particular group in her new school. The sense of belonging she had through her relationships was an ocean away and had no relevance here. ..."
" not in our passport; rather it is found in belonging. The question of belonging doesn’t normally rate a place on a TCK’s radar screen as long as they are enjoying it, but as soon as meaningful relationships are left an ocean or a continent away, those shared emotional experiences that gave them a sense of identity are gone. Issues of identity and belonging typically surface upon transition or repatriation. The interruption of those relational and emotional needs cuts to the very core of who we are. ..."
" figure out who they are and what other aspects of themselves lie within. TCKs have the double task of discovering their cultural as well as personal identity. Home-country peers already have a cultural identity whereas the TCK lacks clarity due to the different layering of his or her experiences. Although TCKs may not be able to conceptualize it, they are likely to feel off-balance or out-of-sync as they strive towards adaptation in their new surroundings. ..."
"...U.S. as well as many other countries, it matters how you physically look to the dominant culture. People don’t think about culture, they think about race, about how you look. They want to be able to label you. Jennifer, our bi-racial, bi-cultural TCK at the beginning of this chapter experienced this in the U.K. She had people asking her over and over again about where she was from (something we know is difficult for TCKs to answer). She kept telling them she was from Switzerland but they could not grasp how a racially mixed person could come from such ..."
"...The hidden immigrant experience doesn’t just happen with re-entry. If you are a FS or TCK going on to another host culture and you look like the dominant culture, you are sure to have the same reactions. An American student going to study in the U.K. will look like the host country culture. ..."
"... peers. ▪ Are hidden immigrants in that they look the same as home-country peers but think and act differently. ▪ Have no shared experience with home-country peers. - Neither Here - Global nomads are “caught between two worlds” in the truest sense of the phrase. Many feel ..."
"... More about this in Chapter 7. Remember that everyone’s experiences are different. I share these various stories to illustrate what kinds of surprises others who have gone before you have run into so you can be prepared if you experience something similar. - Isolation - In ..."
"... has graduated from college and has plans to stay and work in the U.S. Roger’s story is one that both epitomizes the dilemma as well as celebrates the insight that led to the eventual integration of his experiences. Roger never came out of it during his entire second semester. He tried ..."
"...Roger never came out of it during his entire second semester. He tried to keep busy and not have to deal with it because the more he reflected on it, the worse it got. He experienced homesickness for the first time in the second term. He did not seek the help of a mental health counselor but relied on phone calls to his parents. Roger now admits that he made the mistake of closing himself off as to ‘what’s next?’ and wasn’t mentally prepared to ..."
"...the mental health counselors who had helped him face intense re-entry shock when he was eight years old and his family was repatriated from Africa all came back to him once he had the relaxed summer months to mentally spend time with it. He now understands how his international experiences have made him unique but not terminally unique. He says they are an advantage to him and plans on highlighting them on his job résumés. He believes he is stronger because of his ordeal and now embraces the differences. ..."
"...years while preparing to write this book had not received any kind of preparation before returning to their passport culture. Many of them were not even familiar with the term TCK or global nomad. My purpose in writing this book is so that you will not have the negative experiences these students did. Knowledge is power. You are likely to experience the different stages of transition, and you may or may not be able to put the name on the stage, but you will know it is normal to be feeling what you are feeling and you will pass ..."
"... to put the name on the stage, but you will know it is normal to be feeling what you are feeling and you will pass through it. - Embracing Your experiences - Now is a good time to tell you how Brent from Chapter 1 made out in his adjustment. Unlike Roger who just felt worse with ..."
"...The hustle and bustle has settled and you are committed to making this place and this experience work for you. There are a few things you can do that will ease the transition. We already talked about things like researching your country and new community. You may also want to find books or websites on cultural do’s and don’ts and idiomatic expressions you may not be ..."
"... reenactment. The point is you do end up feeling stupid a lot of the time and your own countrymen will get angry with you for things you can’t help. One day you will be able to look back and laugh at some of your own experiences which will make for good storytelling. - Find a Mentor - ..."
"... - Embrace the Journey - Make the most out of your time wherever you end up. Embrace your experience. It is a journey. You chose this place for some reason that perhaps initially escapes you, but you will remember soon enough. As with anything, give it some time. - Stay Positive - No ..."
"...At one of my “Transitioning Successfully for University” seminars, a student asked the question, “How long does it take to get through the transition cycle?” So we directed it to an ATCK graduate student who often speaks at my workshops about her own personal experiences. Her response and many students concur, is that the first term at college or university is spent trying to find your way around, figuring out how everything works, and making sure you have all you need in order to function effectively (the Transition stage). By the time the second ..."

"...Maintaining a long distance relationship is never easy, but perhaps even less so in college and university. After all, this is the time of life when you are expected to experience new things, grow, experiment and have fun. Regardless of how committed you both may feel, it still takes an extraordinary amount of energy and steadfastness to deal with the issues of jealousy, trust and intimacy that will undoubtedly surface. ..."
"...well to that. They may think you are much too intense and start backing away. There is still a need to share some aspects of your life with your peers in order for them to understand where you are coming from. But if you start talking about your life experiences, you may appear arrogant, boastful, or even worse – a pathologic liar. It’s difficult for someone who may have never left his or her home state or province to fathom how anyone could have experienced the types of things you have in your relatively short life span. ..."
"...peer that forced her to just walk away without responding. She was asked if her beloved country was an island! Take a deep breath and remember this is how non-traveled peers try to connect with TCKs. They are not trying to be rude or make fun of your experiences. They just don’t know how to talk with you otherwise. All one can do is learn to laugh with them and not at them. ..."
"... this of interacting with domestic peers: “I made them meet me half-way. Without appearing arrogant I let them know I was multi-cultural by first listening to their stories. Once they shared their experiences with me I was able to share mine.” - Listen to Their Stories Too - Just ..."
"...Rita had the same experience. The people she had tried to connect with but ended up isolating herself from in her first year ended up being her steady friends by the end of her second year at university. TCKs need to learn to use their observational skills to discern not only how things are ..."
"...Another way TCKs can find people they have something in common with is to join the international clubs and activities on campus. These are great places to find people who understand you. Many TCKs will say they feel more comfortable with foreign students because they share the cross-cultural experience and many also have had a highly mobile childhood. Whenever I speak to a group of foreign students I informally do a little survey and ask how many of them had spent time living outside their parents’ passport country as a child. Roughly a third of any given group ..."
"... slacks and a sweater over a dress shirt, but I quite prefer it to the baggy pants and baseball caps of most of his peers. - Share Your experiences - People may actually enjoy the occasional kiss on both cheeks over the traditional hug or high five. Invite new friends to celebrate ..."
"...Do you remember the lesson you took away from Chapter 1 about where TCKs find their sense of belonging? The answer is: with others of shared experience – the third culture experience. In other words, with people who have lived outside of their passport countries during childhood. TCKs need to be with other TCKs. How do you go about finding other TCKs? ..."

"...Jr.’s seminal research on identity development), I feel compelled to share it with every TCK and ATCK I meet. It is so profound and yet the concept is so simple, I feel that every TCK needs to hear and understand it in order to grow from the third culture experience and appreciate the person they are because of it. ..."
"...Then one day TCKs have an experience that wakes them up on a more conscious level to the fact that their international childhoods have made them different from others. This kind of Encounter forces them into self-reflection. They start to question who they are as well as where they belong. TCKs often say they belong everywhere ..."
"...The Encounter experience could very well take place upon repatriation and the illusion that he or she knows the home country well is shattered. It could come, and I’ve seen this numerous times, as an accumulation of small encounters such as continuously being asked the “Where are you from?’ question. This, ..."
"...Remember the story of Brice Royer who had the incapacitating pain in his hands? His Encounter experience most likely came when he decided to accompany his mother to visit family in England but discovered he didn’t belong there either. He was awakened to the fact that no matter where he went, he felt he was different and didn’t belong. ..."
"...Carla felt her Encounter experience came after her first year at university when her mother moved away from the only place Carla could call home. This opened the “where is home?” dialogue. Holiday breaks at school meant going someplace unfamiliar to visit family. She was not able to go back home as she knew ..."
"...Identity Exploration can go on for months or years, as in Carla’s subsequent trips to Peru and Italy. Once TCKs understand who they are and how their international life experience has shaped them, they have achieved congruence (harmony). Dr. Schaetti says that people in Integration are comfortable with being different from their home-country peers. At this point the TCK will either embrace his or her life experiences and use them to strengthen his or her success or he or ..."
" Integration when she went to Italy and came to terms with being “the many.” She wasn’t one thing or another and she was finally comfortable with that. Brice could very well have come to his Integration through his journaling, and he has continued to use his life experiences for the better good of others by founding ..."
"...Global nomads will often have another Encounter experience, probably not as intense as the first one but an awakening that will once again lead to self-reflection. They will engage in identity Exploration again to look at how the internationally mobile life has shaped them and then eventually move again into Integration. ..."
"...Carla reports having had many more Encounter experiences but not nearly as profound as the first time around. She continuously reminds herself that her bi-cultural heritage and international lifestyle are what have made her different from most others who surround her on her university campus. She says she knows she is quirky but she deals with it ..."
"...As a result of her research and conversations, Dr. Schaetti found that people who had relatively easy identity Encounter experiences related to growing up globally were introduced to the terms ‘global nomad’ and ‘third culture kid’ while still living overseas, or were introduced to the terms upon repatriation via re-entry training. She mentions that even if a term such as ‘military brat’, ‘oil brat’ or ‘missionary kid’ was ..."
"...something wrong with them. It doesn’t occur to them that the reason they are feeling this way is because they grew up internationally. Schaetti quotes Janet Bennett, executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, as saying that people who don’t understand that they feel different because of their international experience suffer from “terminal uniqueness syndrome.” It is such a relief to ATCKs to find out there is actually a name and a profile for people like them, that they are not alone, and there is nothing wrong with them. ..."
"...eventually reach harmony in the sense of who they are. They may go through the phase of Recycling several times; that’s very normal. In the three years since I have truly understood how my internationally mobile childhood has shaped me, thereby making me different, I have undergone several Encounter experiences, each of which generated a phase of Recycling. Each time I enter a period of self-reflection and remind myself that I am not just okay, I’m a part of that wonderful tribe of people who have led extraordinary and privileged lives. Once I understand that, je me sens ..."
"... the transition process. Third Culture Person Dr. Rachel Limited Competencies Developing Competencies Reverse Culture Shock ▫ experiences negative feelings toward home culture ▫ Longs for host culture experiences and relationships ▫ Disappointed in changes in home culture ▫ ..."
"... Competencies Developing Competencies Reverse Culture Shock ▫ Experiences negative feelings toward home culture ▫ Longs for host culture experiences and relationships ▫ Disappointed in changes in home culture ▫ Begins to accept changes in home culture ▫ Finds some ..."
"... and relationships ▫ Disappointed in changes in home culture ▫ Begins to accept changes in home culture ▫ Finds some comfort/pleasure in home culture activities and experiences Cultural Fatigue ▫ Experience extreme fatigue at attempting to readjust in home culture ▫ Must be hyper ..."
"... changes in home culture ▫ Finds some comfort/pleasure in home culture activities and experiences Cultural Fatigue ▫ experience extreme fatigue at attempting to readjust in home culture ▫ Must be hyper vigilant to interpret social cues and spoken message of home culture ▫ Asks for ..."
"... Maintains negative or disappointed attitude in areas where expectations were not met Stress or Health Problems ▫ Often experiences reacculturation stress related illness (stomach upset, loss of sleep) ▫ Food allergies emerge or exacerbated ▫ Experiences moderate stress related physical ..."
"... Often experiences reacculturation stress related illness (stomach upset, loss of sleep) ▫ Food allergies emerge or exacerbated ▫ experiences moderate stress related physical symptoms ▫ Able to tie events that caused stress to specific issues of readjustment Cultural ..."
"... related physical symptoms ▫ Able to tie events that caused stress to specific issues of readjustment Cultural Uniqueness ▫ Believes TCP experience is only worthwhile experience ▫ Devalues home culture as having nothing unique ▫ Values the TCP experience more than the monoculture ..."
"... TCP experience is only worthwhile experience ▫ Devalues home culture as having nothing unique ▫ Values the TCP experience more than the monoculture experience but does not allow view to limit progress in the reacculturation process Social ▫ Socially unprepared for reentry ▫ ..."
"... it takes time to make new friends Reacculturation Rubric E. Timmons Proficient Competencies Advanced Competencies ▫ Rarely experiences excessive homesick feeling ▫ Feels satisfied and comfortable in both home and host culture ▫ No symptoms of reverse culture shock ..."
"... satisfied and comfortable in both home and host culture ▫ No symptoms of reverse culture shock apparent ▫ Enjoys fulfilling experiences in both cultures Reverse Culture Shock ▫ Enjoys learning more about home culture ▫ Depends on new friends to help interpret social cues ▫ ..."
"... to see value to cultural heritage in a balanced view ▫ Seems to realize +/- sides to the TCP experience ▫ Realizes that host and home culture provide worthwhile and unique experiences that enhances one’s life Cultural Uniqueness ▫ Has a positive attitude towards making new ..."

"...You have a foot in two worlds simultaneously and you will have to work hard at balancing that. It will be too easy to stay holed up in your dorm room or apartment interacting on Facebook with friends when you could be out meeting new people and having new experiences. Take risks. Put yourself out there at the risk of feeling awkward or uneasy. Try new clubs and new activities and mingle with different groups. You could start by looking for groups who like to speak the language of your host country. ..."
"...While this book cannot possibly prepare you for every situation, emotion, or doubt you will encounter in your life as a college student, it can give you a glimpse of what you may or may not experience. I would suggest you also purchase and read books written for and, in some cases, written by students from your home country attending universities in your home country. I gave such a guide to two of my girls the summer before their departure called, College Survival: A Crash Course ..."
"...only way for you to go? Maybe it is, at least for the first year, if you think you would be uncomfortable with the co-ed living that is very common and popular on most campuses today. Now is the time to begin thinking about how you will want to experience shared living. Some dormitories offer certain lifestyle living such as quiet dorms or substance-free housing. You will have three to four years to experiment with different alternatives, including fraternity and sorority houses (if your campus has Greek life) but for your first year, consider what will make you the ..."
"...ethnicities and races, is the discrimination that is sometimes seen on college campuses. TCKs are comfortable with diversity and thrive in mixed social settings. It can be disappointing, frustrating and infuriating to witness or be the target of discrimination. But remember that the skills you have from your TCK experiences make you good ambassadors. You may be able to build bridges to conquer the ideas that foster separateness on your campuses. Many schools are working hard to celebrate and learn from diversity and have student groups that lead the efforts. ..."
"...Getting a good education aside, the college experience is also a journey into maturity. At least that’s what parents would like to believe they are paying for. Not only are you responsible for your behavior but also for your health, your security, your grades, your social life, and your spending, among other things. It would be wise ..."
"... mutually set rules with your roommate will help both of you remember and stick to them. Jennifer, our British/African TCK from Chapter 1 has some comments on her experience with setting boundaries: - Drugs, Sex, Rock ’n’ Roll! - Authors Coburn and Treeger in Letting Go – A ..."
" a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected, and fulfilled.” ..."

"...Staying alert, using common sense and paying attention to what is going on with your body, your time and your finances will keep you on target for a good term, good year and good university experience. Like anything else, staying physically and financially healthy takes work and cannot be neglected. ..."

"...more Marys since then, but I have also come to learn that these people I have wanted to remove from my life could actually contribute greatly to it – if I could only understand our differences; differences that could not necessarily be explained by radically different cultures or life experiences. These were differences that would be explained in other ways that, I discovered, were all between our ears! ..."
"...relationships is never realized. At best, people have lost the chance to make their information gathering and decision-making processes stronger. At worst, they come to foolish conclusions or make bad decisions. In either case, what is lost is a chance to see group genius at work and enjoy the experience of complementing one another and becoming better persons as a result. The applications of this learning process are myriad as you embark on your university experience. Getting along with a roommate, surviving on your hall or in your dorm, making new friends, and understanding and interpreting the demands of ..."
"... information. Those who prefer Sensing favor clear, tangible data and information that fits in well with their direct here-and-now experience. Those who prefer Intuition are drawn to information that is more abstract, conceptual, big-picture, and represents imaginative possibilities. THINKING ..."
"...The drive is to order the outside world. Those who prefer Perceiving rely upon either their S or N preference to run their outer life. This typically results in an open, adaptable, flexible style of relating to the things and people found in the outside world. The drive is to experience the outside world rather than order it; in general lack of closure is easily tolerated. ..."
"...As roommates you come to your shared dorm with different life experiences and expectations about what the other is like. You start looking at the outside and conclude that you are either fairly similar or very different. You take your first cues from the most obvious characteristics such as skin color, age, language or accent; later, after getting to know each ..."
"...Sometimes you hear people talking about others who need ‘to get in touch with their feelings.’ What this really means is trying to push the ego aside and turn inward to experience how you feel without having to tell anyone. That way you can be vulnerable without risk of being discovered as a touchy-feely type, in case this label makes you nervous. ..."
"...inner voice that keeps trying to protect you from these uncomfortable feelings. That’s your ego that wants you to be right and the other wrong and that wants to present you as strong and invincible. But don’t be fooled, strength comes from understanding how your feelings influenced your experience of what happened, not the other way around. ..."

"...sidelines. Armed with the knowledge and wisdom we have been able to impart over the last 17 or 18 short years, we are preparing to send our offspring into the big world to venture forward as an independent adult to begin building his or her own arsenal of personal experience. There is no doubt about it – this is scary stuff. ..."
"...Empty nest syndrome refers to the feelings of grief, sadness, loneliness, or loss parents or guardians, particularly women, experience when their children leave home. It is normal and expected, and as was my case, it can actually begin before the child or children have physically left the home. However, if you begin to experience symptoms of depression that prevent you from moving ahead in life, such as is ..."
"...think you are mature enough to get someone pregnant, you are mature enough to pay for your own education.” Those were pretty clearly defined expectations to give a first-year college student as far as sexual behavior is concerned. Students today face many more temptations and social pressures than we experienced a generation ago. Fewer restrictions are in place to guide their behavior and repercussions for debauchery are seldom pursued to the extent they have been in the past. Despite the eye-rolling and “Yeah-what- do-you-know-about-it?” facial expressions our students display, they benefit immensely from parents holding frank discussions about the ..."
"...decide to use the advice and trust we have given them. This counsel will be reinforced in many different voices since most colleges and universities today take a proactive approach to heading off disaster among their first-year students. Deans, counselors and students themselves will talk to freshmen about real-life experiences, examples, and unfortunate results of not exercising personal restraint or giving in to social pressures that have taken place on their very own campus. ..."
"...Some schools will arrange to have students, particularly internationals whose parents are not likely to be there, take a weekend excursion to a nearby big city to experience the attractions. Many schools have professors who love to entertain students in their homes during this time and surrounding churches also have members who look out for international students at this time. All of this can be said for shorter holiday breaks as well, such as Fall Break or ..."
"...with parents reviewing some of the same material and presenting some things just for their ears as I am doing here. I always make a point to go over with them the difference between the sadness and depression I talk about in Chapter 4. Your children will quite naturally experience bouts of sadness due to grief, loss, and just plain emotional instability in the different transition stages and as parents, you need to stay alert to any indications they may be headed for depression. If you suspect your student is: ..."
"...Repatriation for the college experience is oftentimes the point of what Dr. Barbara Schaetti calls “Encounter” (Chapter 7). This is when our children are awakened to the fact that they are different from their home-country peers. If you are repatriating with younger siblings, the return home may trigger “encounter” for them as well, depending ..."
"...Dr. Schaetti advises parents not to help their children avoid encounter. Until they experience encounter they will not be able to understand how growing up internationally has given them unique gifts, experiences and knowledge they will be able to use in their futures. At the same time, parents should not rush their children into the encounter experience before it is time, not that ..."
"... There are things we can do to prepare our children for the encounter experience. Dr. Schaetti has noted that those people who had relatively easy identity encounter experiences were those who had been introduced to the terms “third culture kid” or “global nomad” either before repatriating or shortly after repatriating. We can teach our children from very young ages that there is a ..."
"...identity in our children. In other words, it is quite alright to let them answer that question with what is true to their hearts. For instance, a British child who grew up in Kenya might say that he is Kenyan and British or for those with multiple host country experiences, a term such as a British Global Nomad might be used to communicate this belonging everywhere and nowhere. Domestic peers may not understand the answer your child gives, but it is a starting place and perhaps one which will trigger interest in finding out more about this curious person. ..."
"...As your child prepares to go to university you might want to help him think about how his international experience has changed him or made him different from his home-country peers. Have some fun and role play with her how she plans to introduce herself or answer the question, “Where are you from?” Spend some time together on reading over the open Forum comments. It is a ..."

"...I graduated from the Singapore American School (SAS) in the spring of that year, and in autumn started my first year at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I was eighteen years old and very accustomed to the transition experience: I had by then lived in ten countries on five continents and had been ‘the new kid in school’ some twelve different times. If anyone had asked me if I was prepared for this transition to university, I would have been surprised at the question. Surprised first of ..."
"...experience The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition may be the best gift a parent or educator can give you, or which you can give yourself. There’s nothing else available like it. I recommend you put it in your suitcase, right along with a copy of Third Culture ..."
"...Although written to help you succeed with your university transitions, there is also a hidden promise in this book. As you apply the knowledge, guidance and resources it provides to your university transition, you will learn to think about transitions as a process, as a life experience that can be purposefully managed. Focusing on one kind of transition, you will learn more broadly how to effectively engage all the transitions you encounter, throughout your life – whether it’s transition to university, transition into or out of a job, transition into or out of a relationship, or ..."

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