Once upon a time there was a foreign student who had chosen Barcelona to continue his Degree. He has now been three weeks and so far the experience has turn out to be totally different as he expected: he has little in common with his American fellows and he is not enjoying the experience as he had imagined. The days are long, but the nights when he stays in, are never ending. He wonders what to do with his life and and why he does feel so reckless. "Why have I failed?"He asks himself.
He is confused, unable to think clearly, overwhelmed by anxiety, homesick and starts to consider going back home. But he would walk off with his tail between his legs and one more failure under his belt.
At this point, consulting a psychologist is always a wise decision, why?:
- A psychologist specialist in this type of situations (cultural adjustment and associated feelings), has a particular knowledge that can help you make up your mind and provides the necessary dose of reality needed in this cases.
- Achieving a pursued job, starting a relationship, living abroad... are unique experiences which unfortunately also produce a lot of anxiety. The brain is not used to newness and therefore puts on its guard, triggering a stress response similar to the one our predecessors felt in front of a threatening a lion.
The therapist will help you identify those situations (external and internal) that are generating more stress than necessary and hindering the adjustment process.
- Sometimes you carry on difficulties that are awaken by this new adjusting experience. Surely it is not the first time ypu have issues adapting to new places and people.
The therapist helps you detecting repeating patterns, to see where they come from and how to change them.
- While this experience is not as easy as expected, it can be a great opportunity to know and reflect on yourselves. Probably, you will not have the chance to do this "inner journey" once you get back to the U.S. and to your busy life.
Study abroad can be a great chance to experience another culture, but above all, to travel to the most important place imaginable... to travel to your inner world. A trip that, by no means, you should not miss.