The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

What does 'Restlessness' mean?

Find out what Restlessness means. Restlessness is explained by Tina L. Quick - author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Restlessness

Rootlessness is at the core of restlessness. It is a migratory instinct that can take control of a global nomad's life. We often see it as early as the college years when the TCK keeps changing his major over and over again, or changes schools, never being able to settle down. We see it when adult TCKs change jobs, cities, or spouses over and over again. There's always the belief that the next move, or job or whatever it is will finally bring them stability.

It is necessary to remember that TCKs tend to fall on completely different ends of the spectrum from one another. While some TCKs may constantly be searching for change in their lives others will want to graduate from school, get a job, settle down and never move again.

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"...to one particular place 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. ..."

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"...everywhere and nowhere. Pieces of each place they have lived make up who they are, but the picture isn’t finished. They are constantly searching for the place they can truly call home. This sometimes leads to a pattern of what Dave Pollock and Ruth Van Reken call “rootlessness and restlessness.” ..."
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"... they want to know more because they too have traveled extensively and are looking for a connection. This could be your next best friend. - restlessness - Pollock and Van Reken tell us this sense of belonging everywhere and nowhere is at the heart of the issue of restlessness. In the search ..."
"...Pollock and Van Reken tell us this sense of belonging everywhere and nowhere is at the heart of the issue of restlessness. In the search for a place of belonging TCKs will often develop a migratory instinct that interferes with moving forward in their lives. I see it in the students I work with. Some will transfer from one college to another or change their major over and over again. In ..."

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