My Re-entry Story: Kerianne Baylor, the Importance of Grace and Reflection


Kerianne Baylor is a curious world wanderer, a lover of languages, ice cream addict, and RELAUNCH! Virtual Re-entry Retreat speaker! She’s been adventuring since she studied in Spain. After teaching English on the Colombian coast and then in an equally-as-hot coastal city in Brazil as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Kerianne is just starting to define what a global life means to her. You’ll find Kerianne at

Hi, Kerianne! Where were you abroad and what did you do there?

I was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Universidade Federal de Alagoas in Maceió, Brazil.

What was your re-entry experience like?

It’s currently happening and quite honestly, it’s super tough. Rocking up to my home in NJ feels weighted and despite being surrounded by loved ones, it feels a bit lonely. It’s as if I left an entire part of me in Maceió.

What do you know *now* about re-entry that you wish you’d known earlier?

Acknowledging its presence and anticipating its challenges – that it’s okay to want ‘me time’ and processing time. You owe yourself that much grace and reflection.


What’s your #1 tip for those in re-entry right now?

Lean on your support, whether that’s friends from abroad or home or family members – whoever understands what you’re going through.

Why should global adventurers in re-entry participate in the RELAUNCH! retreat?

Because you are most definitely not alone 🙂

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About the Author: Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is a re-entry/repatriation coach, consultant, and author of the Re-Entry Roadmap creative workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 36 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

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