The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition


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"...have a smoother transition (more on this in Chapter 2). This holds true for you when you repatriate, transition or expatriate for university. Knowing what to expect, appreciating that your responses are normal, and having tools and strategies for dealing with the change will keep the roadblocks and unwanted surprises to a minimum. Let’s look at such an example: ..."
"...pre-teen years growing up in Jakarta. Shortly after the 2008 presidential elections, a colleague who was following President Obama’s cabinet and staff appointments pointed out that approximately half of his first fifteen appointments were adult TCKs (ATCKs). For those of us who work with TCKs it came as no surprise and was a real validation of Dr. Pollock’s definition. ..."
"...The interesting thing is that children may have a foot in several of these categories. Look again at U.S. President Obama. He is the child of bi-cultural parents, lived as a TCK in Indonesia, and had a parent of a racial minority. It is no surprise that, regardless of the sub-group, CCKs struggle with issues of identity and belonging. ..."

"...Taylor’s quote indicates, transitions can be keenly anticipated rather than feared. Our largest fears in life are based on the fact that we don’t know what to expect – fear of the unknown. Knowing in advance what lies ahead prepares you for the challenges and allows for fewer unwanted surprises. Once you understand what takes place throughout transition you will know that your reactions are completely normal and that you will get through it. ..."
"... That is the intent of talking about each of the five stages of transition. If you know what to expect ahead of time, it reduces the number and intensity of surprises and road-blocks you may otherwise encounter. Knowing what to expect also helps you to appreciate that it is completely normal. ..."

" 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 before you go your separate ways. ..."

Chapter 4: Fish Out of Water
"...first or second host country or a TCK repatriating to your home country. For this reason I prefer to refer to it as transition shock. The difference is that the foreign student expects he or she will have to deal with it while it often takes the repatriate by surprise. ..."
"...Storti describes in his book, The Art of Crossing Cultures, are taking place left and right. Again, because you think you know your passport culture well, or because you think you are competent enough or should be competent enough to handle any adjustment well, the result is shock and surprise when something 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 ..."
"...Thankfully depression and stress among college students is no longer a taboo subject. Due to an alarming increase in mental health issues in college students, depression and suicide are hot topics on today’s university campuses as well as in preventive health journals, newsletters, blogs and more. Don’t be surprised to see lectures, workshops and seminars on depression and suicide offered on your campus. and are two helpful internet sites dedicated to the mental health of college students. They were started by students who themselves had suffered through anxiety or other psychological issues. The sites address these ..."
"...The chaos and culture shock in the transition stage may seem a bit daunting, but now that you are aware of these emotions and reactions, you won’t be so surprised when they come at you. They are to be expected. They will hit some students harder than others, but be assured, everyone will feel something. Learn to be flexible at this time. Give yourself and others a little slack. Everything is so new and different and everyone deals with ..."

"...Don’t be surprised when, after the dust settles from the chaos of transition, you begin to succumb to coughs, colds, flu or other physical ailments. Your body has been producing constant amounts of epinephrine to respond to the stress associated with this stage and just when you are beginning to feel a ..."
"...When you are ready to start developing friendships, it 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 ..."
"...will look like the host country culture. The same for a Nigerian going to the U.S. He or she will be perceived as an African American. Even an Asian student, because the U.S. is so culturally mixed, may be perceived there as an Asian/American and will take others by surprise if perfect English does not come out of his or her mouth. ..."
"... 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 ..."
"... books or websites on cultural do’s and don’ts and idiomatic expressions you may not be familiar with. See the resources section. - Expect surprises - Things happen all the time that take us by surprise. Remember the water fountain story? I laugh at another story an ATCK tells of ..."
"...Things happen all the time that take us by surprise. Remember the water fountain story? I laugh at another story an ATCK tells of landing back in the US and heading off to her university in the western part of the country. After a very long bus ride into what appeared to be the middle of nowhere, the passengers ..."

"... their needs. Many students are surprised to discover that dental care, pharmacy costs and eyewear are not standard inclusions in their health insurance policies. Separate policies must be taken out for dental insurance. Check to see if you can continue on your family’s policy. Many, if not ..."

"... very own campus. - Parental Practicalities - Parents of students living abroad who have gone before you have found the following information useful in helping avoid unpleasant surprises and headaches down the road to matriculation. - Summer Addresses - If you plan on spending ..."
"...happen to have a domestic address that is afforded you by your company, keep in mind that admissions staff that deal with your student’s application may assume that he or she is a domestic student. If your student wants to be treated as an international they may be surprised that they did not receive materials which would have otherwise been very helpful to them. Such was the case with a young lady who had been living in Asia. When she got to her university she discovered that all the other international students had received instructions on how to ..."

"...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 all because, despite all those moves, no one had ever thought to ask me that question before, and surprised certainly because, Yes, of course, I must be: I had done it all before, over and over again, hadn’t I? ..."

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