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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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