Help for an Unexpected and Early Re-entry

Note – I’m going to update this page with more resources in the coming days so be sure to check back!

You’ve returned home weeks or even months earlier than expected.

You likely had little warning or time to pack up your life abroad and say your good-byes. Your flight home might have been nerve-racking and chaotic, and now you’re exhausted and adjusting to a whole new reality…spending much of your time at home, maybe completing coursework online, no longer having daily adventures with the friends you made abroad, and facing a lot of uncertainty and fear.

Re-entry is a challenging experience when you know it’s coming. When it’s unexpected and earlier than planned? Even more so. But that doesn’t mean you have to just suffer through it!

You’re likely feeling a lot of complex and (even contradictory) emotions right now.

Rest assured, that’s completely normal. What helps at this stage of re-entry? Identifying and processing your emotions. That’s the first step in a typical re-entry, and it’s even more important during a sudden and unexpected re-entry.

>> That’s why I created this PDF and this accompanying audio for you.

Both guide you in identifying your complex emotions, which will help you process them and talk to others about what you’re thinking and feeling as you adjust to being back home.

I want you to know that you’re not alone in this! Here are some re-entry resources for you:

1. This PDF and this accompanying audio (as mentioned above).

2. Join our free (private) Facebook group.
Share your re-entry story and find help, support, and inspiration with people who “get it.”  

3. Here are four helpful articles: 

4. If you want more re-entry help right now, my Re-entry Roadmap workbook will help.

5. Get free monthly re-entry coaching via email here

I’m here for you! As I mentioned in the accompanying audio, feel free to contact me anytime (cate at smallplanetstudio.com).

About the Author: Dr. Cate Brubaker

Dr. Cate Brubaker is on a mission to make re-entry after living abroad a positive, transformational force (even when it’s not easy…especially when it’s not easy)! Cate is the author of the Re-Entry Roadmap workbook and the Study Abroad Re-entry Toolkit. Cate has lived in Germany, worked and traveled in 37 countries on four continents, and has helped all kinds of globetrotters successfully navigate global transitions for over 20 years.

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