Annie's mailbox: Student worries America will disappoint when he returns home

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Dear Annie: I’ve been studying abroad in Rome for the past three months. I head back to America in a few weeks. I can honestly say I haven’t missed being home. I’ve absolutely loved my stay in Europe.

The one thing I’m dreading is reverse culture shock. I’m afraid I’ll resent my small-town college or that I’ll become depressed when I get home. All of my friends will have left for their own study-abroad adventures. No one will be able to speak the Italian I’ve learned. The foods and pastimes that I’ve become fond of are nonexistent in America.

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