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"
(c. 1980 to present) Full text articles from local, national, and international newspapers, magazines, and trade journals as well as newswires, business information, patents, legal documents, and transcripts of radio and television broadcasts.
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
Started by two students experiencing culture shock after returning home, the Life After Study Abroad blog is a guide for students perusing study abroad and hoping to read others' experiences.
Art of Coming Home
by Craig Storti
Publication Date: 2011-01-11
Returning from extended periods abroad can be stressful and disorienting. Storti offers a guide for reentry that addresses possible issues associated with returning home for travelers.
Burn-Up or Splash Down
by Marion Knell
Publication Date: 2007-05-01
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.
Practice the Language
Find Movies or Subtitles to Practice
1. Click "Advanced Search" under Davidson Library Worldcat
2. Select "DVD Video" AND the language you'd like to practice
Note: You can type in a title or just hit search to find all of the movies in your language. The movies listed will either be in the language you selected or be in English and have a subtitle option for the language you selected.