Abroad : Where’s “abroad”? Is it everywhere but here? Is it the urge to be somewhere else? Is it implicitly conveying that elsewhere is better? Is it a commodity? Something that will change or transform your life? Hey- consider where you are! Don’t be disrespectful of your home; as if home is not transformative or good. Don’t mythologize “transformative” abroad experiences. Indeed, be aware of the danger / boundary you cross when using the word “transformative.” Don’t be burdened with illusions of “transformative”; it can be inflated rhetoric when referencing abroad experiences. Be present with your present. Otherwise you’ll miss the magic and gift of it.
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Megan Norton has lived in ten countries, five U.S. States, and has visited more than 30 countries. She identifies as an Adult Third Culture Kid and Global Nomad. Megan currently works as an intercultural dialogue facilitator and English language instructor. Megan has presented her TCK research at multiple conferences including FIGT (2016, 2017), SIETAR-USA, NAFSA, IMI, and CIES. She holds a MA in Intercultural and International Communication, a MA in Strategic and Business Communication, and BA in Public Relations. Megan is passionate about ATCK transitions, especially at the university level as she has attended both U.S. and International universities. View all posts by adultthirdculturekid