Reverse Culture Shock: My Return Home
By Meghan Thedford – Meg is a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad 2013 Summer Correspondent who is participating in the Edge of the Outback: Photography in Australia summer program. Meg is from Meredith College.
Coming home was bittersweet. It still is bittersweet. I’m glad to be home where I can call people, see my family and friends, but I miss my friends that I made in Australia and in my group terribly. People say you will experience cultural shock coming back to the States from study abroad. Those people are correct. You will experience cultural shock. I know I have. Landing in Los Angeles Airport, coming off the plane it was extremely hot. A drastic difference from where I flew from since it is winter in Australia. I was in for a long day. I arrived in LAX around 6:30 in the morning and did not land in North Carolina until 9:50 at the night. Not only am I dealing with weather change, but also getting used to driving on the right side of the road again instead of the left. Also to the different names for road signs in Australia compared to the States, for example yield signs.
I have had to deal with jet lag and getting back onto a normal sleep schedule which has not been easy. It has been weird being in a quiet apartment compared to a noisy hostel. I was glad for the quietness the first night home, but after that the quietness would bother me. Transitioning from a busy and compacted day to a day where I am not really doing a lot is not easy. I have definitely left a part of me behind in Australia. I look forward to the next time I will be back in Australia!