Obviously, “culture shock” is something these study abroad students were prepared for when they journeyed to the other America for the summer. However, what they didn’t expect was difficulty transitioning back into “normal” life in the U.S.A. Even though it was a phone interview, when I asked Margo if she felt like anyone understood what she was going through, I could almost see her confused, if not a little pained, face as she struggled to find words. I think she stated it eloquently when she told me that normal life “doesn’t fit the same again.”
I also liked both girls’s answers to what the first thing they did when they got home was–Margo ate a mammoth American-style meal and Hannah chowed down on a traditional Mexican burrito.