Why did I write this book?
AnswerThe purpose in writing this book goes back to what so many repatriating TCKs have told me, “I wish someone had told me what to expect.” When I moved back to the Boston area of the USA with so many colleges and universities all around I was running into TCKs I had known from all our years abroad and I kept hearing the same, familiar, but sad stories over and over again. I would hear, “I don’t fit in here, I can’t connect with anyone, I don’t belong anywhere.” After that I would hear, “I started spending a lot of time alone, I became very depressed,” and a few global nomads even shared that they had entertained suicidal thoughts.
I knew it didn’t have to be this way. I began years of interviews; researching; attending conferences, workshops, and seminars; and pulling in all the pieces of information as well as the tools and strategies that TCKs can use to make this transition with a considerable degree of success. If global nomads are prepared for what they can expect to experience then they can get through it. Preparation is the key.
The book has been written for the student who will read it from cover to cover as well as the one who will only pick it up once he or she runs into a problem. Here are actual words from students who have read The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition or attended the workshop it is based on:
• Brings certain issues to my attention and provides ideas and resources that might help [in my university transition].
• Opened me up to things which wouldn’t have caught my attention otherwise and can help me in the future.
• It put words on my fears and helped me overcome them.
• [It] told me that what I am feeling is normal.
Students from the International School of Geneva
And here are words from those who read the book after they had gone through their college years:
I wish I had known about this before I made the transition. It would definitely have helped me understand the adjustment reactions I went through and made it easier. Student at Kings College NYC, NY
I wish someone had [told me] about TCK re-entry issues. It would have saved me years of suffering. Brice Royer, Founder of TCKid.com