Transitioning home can be a big challenge for students. There are a few things you can do to prepare:
- Retain all of your coursework and syllabi until Chapman has received your transcripts and your grades have been posted on WebAdvisor.
- Make sure you are registered for Chapman courses the following semester and take care of other matters through the Business Office.
- Look for courses at Chapman related to new interests and global issues you may have picked up.
- Arrange your housing for next semester
- Think about how you have changed and what lessons and skills you want to retain back home and deciding about your career.
- Plan how you will keep in touch with new friends you have made through email, Facebook, phone calls, etc.
- Say your goodbyes and take lots of pictures!
- Give yourself time to readjust when you return home and visit with those you missed; do not come back the day before classes begin.
Keep in mind that things will be different when you return home; you have changed and so have your family and friends back home! You may have picked up new habits, have new political views, speak differently, or think about your life back home in a different way.
Read more on Reverse Culture Shock to see how you can anticipate this transition.