Adjustment & Comparison – Carlos Martens – London JTerm 2017

Carlos Martens graduated in 2017 with a BA in English Journalism from the University of New Hampshire. During the J-Term of 2017, Martens studied abroad in London, England.

COLA: Describe your biggest pre departure challenges? Did you have any idea to what living in your host destination would be like?

Being a non-traditional student, I have traveled a lot already prior to this trip. I honestly did not have any challenges and I did know what to expect for the most part.

COLA: What were the initial differences in your host destination versus America?

The people were more different then they are here in America

COLA: What has been the biggest challenge you faced abroad?

The biggest challenge I faced was actually coming back to America and the adjustment I had to then deal with again.

COLA: Describe the adjustment process like when you arrived in your host destination?

I just began to meet as many people as possible.

COLA: What advice could you share with other students regarding adjusting?

Immerse yourself in the local culture and get to really know your study abroad destination.

 

COLA: What was your most rewarding moment when you were abroad?

Meeting people from all over the world had to have been not only my most rewarding memory and part of being abroad in general.

 

COLA: What changes have you/your guardians/friends seen in yourself after your study abroad experience?

The realization that there is more to life than your hometown, your friends,  and the area you currently live in.

 

COLA: What were your thoughts when you were sitting on the plane  to your host destination? What about the plane ride back to America?

My thoughts to Europe: “I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet” My thought back from Europe: “How and when will I travel abroad again?”

 

COLA: What challenges did you face when you returned home/back to UNH if any? How did your friends and family react to stories of your experience abroad? 

The challenges I faced was mostly the realization that I don’t want a traditional lifestyle in the states any longer.

 

COLA: Did you experience culture shock at all? If so, describe how you dealt with this? 

Yes, but it is always expected and welcome. I just let the culture envelop me.
Thank you Carlos!
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