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Reverse culture shock: returning from studying abroad

Returning from living abroad is hard, far worse than leaving. It probably sounds slightly insane, how can going home be harder than leaving?

To be honest, I'm sure not everyone feels that way. I know a couple of friends who were ready to leave Seoul a month or more before the program ended. But, for my friends and I, adjusting to being back "home" is worse. ISA and even Konkuk tried to warn us of reverse culture shock and why it might not be that easy. Living abroad is a life-changing experience and you come back...different (not in a bad way). I truly thought that wasn't true when I was leaving, but now I see and feel it. I'll write a separate post on how, but for now let's return to reverse culture shock.