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Blog: Reverse culture shock after China study abroad

The bright lights of Shanghai's skyline are photographed at night.

By Ben Spock, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

This page was made possible in part by a grant from Year of Pitt Global. I won’t soon forget my experience standing in line at the McDonald’s in the Chicago O’Hare Airport. I had a layover in Chicago during my trip between Shanghai and Pittsburgh after studying abroad in China for two months. I was about to or...

Students wrestle with returning home

Freshman Aarthi Pookot reflects fondly on her study abroad experience in Japan, saying, “I miss it a lot, so everyday I wake up and I’m like ‘oh I’m not in Japan.’ Pitt’s great too, but I got to go, it’s like a feeling.” (Photo by Bethany Krupicka | Staff Photographer)

By Nina Kneuer | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017

Aarthi Pookot remembered her first moment of “reverse” culture shock when she returned home from spending a year abroad in Japan. Pookot — a first-year Japanese major — was at an airport in Atlanta, Georgia, and was trying to buy a hot chocolate while waiting for her connecting flight home. ...

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