How to Transition From D.C. to Home

How to Transition From D.C. to Home

When I first arrived in the nation's capital, I remember my sentimental attachment to home constantly lurking over me. I thought to myself: there was no way I would ever like D.C. and there was no way it would ever become a second home for me.


Come May, all of the doubt and insecurity I felt during my first few weeks here was now completely purged. Vanished. Gone with the wind. Washington, D.C. had, in fact, become my second home. So, when I finally had to leave that comfortable abode and return to my permanent residence, I was frustrated by just how difficult it was for me to become reacclimated to my original home environment.


Some of you may have felt this way after a long life-changing, eventful semester. But, fear not! I am here to assure you that this frustration can be tamed. Here are just some of the challenges you might face upon re-entry and and what you can do to overcome them!



The best way to overcome nostalgia is to keep in touch with the people you made strong connections with. Take advantage of social media and networking apps (such as Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat) to keep in touch with these people and re-connect with professionals, such as your generous LEAD instructor or that Evening Course professor you were particularly close to this semester.



If you are experiencing a shift from an urban setting to a more rural or suburban one, then you may experience a sense of remoteness in your new environment. You may realize that those monuments, cherry blossoms, museums and sculptures that were once within commuting distance are no longer accessible.


The Washington Monument


In order to combat this isolation, try to take advantage of all of the resources that your local town or community has to offer. Look for hidden gems. Discover a new hiking trail. Take pictures that highlight the sublime parts of nature you overlooked when you were taking a stroll near your house a couple of months ago.


Lack of Control

You may have felt at your prime when your internship site supervisor was putting you in charge of difficult tasks and praising your work ethic towards the end of the semester. But, home is a whole different animal. When you come home, you may notice that you are now in a subordinate position. Your ego will slowly start to deflate with each passing day and you may finally observe that you are no longer in control.


But, this should be seen as a humbling thing. If this change does happen to you, accept it. Do not lose confidence in your skills. Just consider this another challenge to overcome and remember that you will be able to apply all of the skills you learned in a future internship position or personal statement.


These are just a few of the many challenges students may face upon transitioning into a different environment. These challenges may not be applicable to every student, but they definitely represent my experience. Now, unsheath your Excalibur and get ready to brace your re-entry challenges!

It was a pleasure writing for you all.



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