“In a sense it is the coming back, the return, which gives
meaning to the going forth. We really don’t know where
we’ve been until we’ve come back to where we were -- only
where we were may not be as it was because of who we’ve
become, which, after all, is why we left.”
-- Bernard, from Northern Exposure
Welcome back! It is our hope that your time abroad was truly transformative; challenging you in ways that promoted intellectual and personal growth. While your return may seem like the end of your experience, the end of your transformation, we assure you it is not. This time of reflection, of adaption, of readjustment, is yet another powerful opportunity for growth. You are now being challenged again, forced to reorient yourself and, in doing so, discovering another dimension of the self.
The pages on this portion of our website are designed to guide you in unpacking and articulating your experience abroad. There are resources that will guide you in coping with your return, resources to support you in incorporating your experience in your academic and professional life, and resources for seeking out job opportunities that will integrate your international experience and continue to engage your global perspective.
Regardless of the way that you use the information on these pages, we urge you to stay engaged as a global citizen and to seek out meaningful ways to integrate your rich experiences abroad. We also encourage you to remember that your journey does not end when you return back to the United States -- There are innumerable opportunities in your own community and the Marymount University community to engage cross-culturally or pursue newfound interests and passions. Explore these opportunities and more using the links to the right.