Life Transitions: Design Your Return Home

Spring 2015
Wed. Apr 29, 6:00p-9:00p
Sat. May 2, 10:00a-6:00p
Wed. May 6, 6:00p-9:00p
Studio 2

Are you a graduating international student returning to your home country in a few months? Perhaps you’re from the states but going home feels like returning to another world? This pop up class is for you!

Resettling in your old environment is a major life transition, often accompanied by unexpected social, cultural, professional and interpersonal challenges, a phenomenon known as “reverse culture shock”. These factors don’t surface until the move is made, but preparing for the transition can be invaluable.

Our teaching team includes returnees with a diverse set of international experience, eager to share their learnings with you and empower you to face this exciting yet stressful move with confidence.

We will help you develop tools to reconcile values you developed at Stanford with other beliefs you were brought up with at home, to manage unrealistic family expectations about your future and your personal space, to deal with the feelings of loss when leaving loved ones at Stanford and more.

In this class, you will explore and understand the re-entry process, hear from experts in the field, and work with your classmates to reflect on your growth during your time at Stanford. You will then predict potential roadblocks in your transition, highlight opportunities, and build a personalized set of tools to help you create an optimal homecoming experience.

Experiencing reverse culture shock has been compared to a space shuttle hitting the atmosphere as it returns back to earth. Embark with us in this one-of-a-kind capsule to gain knowledge and tools for your journey, and get into the right mindset to hit home again!

You do not need a background in design thinking for this pop-up. Join us with an open mind and a desire to experiment.

Accepting 12-15 students. Open to graduate and undergraduate students. Application deadline is Wednesday, March 18th at 11:59pm. Apply here.

Teaching Team
Tania Anaissie,
Alissa Murphy,
Mariam Semaan, Stanford Knight Fellow 2013, The Right Brain Company



Life Transitions: Design Your Return Home