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During the research 12 in-depth interviews were held with Australian TCKs aged 18-27 years who had spent 3-18 years living abroad and had lived in Australia for 7 months to 9 years.
4 Themes emerged from the data and a TCK Transition into University Model was developed. This model included 4 Stages:
- Preparedness prior to transition
- Initial experience during transition (initial 6 months in passport country)
- Adjustment during transition (6 months to 2 yrs)
- Stabilization (2 yrs and beyond)
The key findings included participants who received preparation from their school and family prior to moving, had practical support in Australia and engaged in Australian social networks and university life experienced improved emotional health and made way for a positive transition.
My short conclusion is:
- Families and schools should prepare TCKs for the transition
- Parents should make sure there are friends or family available for practical help
- TCKs should try and get involved in university life or other social activities.
More research needs to be done. What is your advice? What are your thoughts? Please share them!
- Transitioning Globally to University (a guestblog I did at Djibouti Jones)
- The TCKchat on transitioning to college/university (storify)
- Previous post: Third Culture Kids Going to University
- The most difficult transition for Third Culture Kids
- Just for fun: The Positive Aspects of Being a TCK (Tayo Rockson)