Your experience studying abroad can shape your research interests in interesting and useful ways. Sometimes students come back from their study abroad experience and find that they would like to do more in-depth research about one of the following things they experienced firsthand:
A population (ex. aboriginal Australians, Shia Muslims in Turkey)
A specific cultural practice (ex. arranged marriages, gender norms in specific dances or rituals, Western appropriation of cultural practices)
An in-depth look at a specific phenomenon (ex. population growth and educational access in China, the use of solar energy and its correlation economic growth)
Davidson students have used their study abroad experience to also interrogate issues related to reverse culture shock. See an example here.
Schedule a consultation with a librarian today to learn more about your area of interest.
Stay Up to Date
Reading newspapers from your host country can be a useful way to stay up to date and practice your language skills! Use these resources to read international news or stop by the library's newspaper section for current international newspapers like "Le Monde" or "Die Zeit"
Contains diverse global, local, regional, and national perspectives on topics related to controversial issues, the environment, health, education, science, the arts, literature, business, economics, criminal justice, and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, videos, periodicals, and web-only content. Includes electronic access to the Charlotte Observer (1985-present), in addition to many local North Carolina newspapers.
Nexis Uni™ features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis®
—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to
1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all
content types, personalization features such as Alerts and saved
searches and a collaborative workspace with shared folders and
Use is restricted to current faculty and staff and currently-enrolled students of Davidson College only.
Reintegrating to Davidson
The transition back to Davidson can be challenging. After you have grown accustomed to your host culture, food, language, and friends or family, it might be daunting or overwhelming to try to adjust to Davidson and the U.S. again. It might be difficult to put your experiences into words or explain to your friends and family exactly what you are going through. Some symptoms of reverse culture shock include:
Not feeling like you "belong" anywhere
A significant change in goals or values
Feeling isolated or alone
Frustration with yourself or U.S. culture
A homesickness for your home abroad
Some actions you can take to re-adjust:
Stay in touch with the friends and family you have abroad
Just like a space shuttle struggles and strains to re-enter the earth's atmosphere, so those returning from living overseas can find themselves confused and in a state of panic at coming "home." While people anticipate that going overseas will require major changes in their lifestyles and thinking, few anticipate the difficulties they will face upon return. Intended to aid the re-entry process, this encouraging, and insightful book deals with identifying areas of potential struggle, dealing with the emotional challenges, and re-location.
Reverse culture shock : an examination of the "Davidson in Tours" return experience
by Jennifer L. Marenberg