The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

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"The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition" is a useful resource not only for students and their parents but for schools and counselors as well. The obligation to prepare students for the college/university transition is not only that of the parents but the sending schools as well as the receiving schools. Sending schools (international schools, boarding schools, etc.) must not only look at what college and universities their students are being accepted into but at how well they adjust and succeed in those schools. It doesn’t equate much if the successful high school student wins one of the much coveted acceptances into an ivy league school but returns home in the first semester on medical leave due to depression. The sending school’s burden is to prepare that student for what she or he can expect to experience in the transition. At the very minimum schools should share with students the “Four Pearls” I talk about in the Preface of The Global Nomads’ Guide to University Transition.

Schools (colleges, universities, and trade schools) receiving the global nomad must also identify who they are so they can provide specialized programs for them. They are an under-served demographic of student that falls between the cracks of the university’s support systems all because of what is stamped on the cover of their passport. They are either deemed to be a domestic student or a foreign student, regardless of how much or how little time they have actually spent in their passport country. TCKs have unique challenges and schools need to be able to address the issues and provide ongoing support as well as community for them. They need to be included in International Orientation and support given for starting TCK groups on their campuses.

Guidance counselors, college admissions counselors, and other secondary school support staff need to read this book in order to prepare students to leave well and land well in their next life stage. College and university admissions staff who work with international students need to read this book in order to understand what a double transition the TCK makes when entering higher education. And lastly, the student mental health counselors on college campuses need to read it to be able to understand that a TCK who presents with depression may have quite different underlying causes (unresolved grief) for it than the domestic student.



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