Math education major Janea Kauffman' 18 says that her cross-cultural experience in Cuba and Guatamala helped her empathize with students in her classes who were learning a new language and culture.
If you have already earned your cross-cultural credits, you may also find interesting opportunities through alternative programs or Washington Community Scholars’ Center. Consider connecting with previous cross-cultural participants through stories and recipes found on Cross Cultural Recipes, a 2012 senior seminar project.
Just as students go through a process of disorientation at the start of their cross-cultural studies, so too do they experience this disorientation upon their return. We know that every student is different, and will make sense of their experiences individually.
While faculty leaders help the group through debriefing activities, students find there is more to process after returning home or to campus. You may experience difficulty communicating how your experiences have changed you, but also want to begin exploring ways to embody the global understanding you have gained.
EMU offices in student life and academics continue to serve students upon completion of their cross-cultural experience.