The Way Home

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When I turned thirteen, and moved from Japan to the United States, I was terrified of losing my way home. At night before I went to sleep, I would go over the route from school to my apartment, over and over again, visualizing every turn along the way. My family and I had left the vibrance and constant mystery of … Read More

Before They Leave the Nest

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When I started thinking about what to write in this article, I was on an airplane coming back from speaking with international college students at Clark University near Boston. I suppose the airplane is where a lot of global nomads like me do their thinking and reflecting. I thought back to when I was 17, on an airplane from Singapore … Read More

Supporting Military-Connected Children

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Resources for Schools, Programs and Counselors April is the month of the Military Child in the US. It a time when we reflect on the military-connected children’s sacrifices and contributions. For teens growing up in the military and who had assignments overseas, Sea Change Mentoring helps them apply their special strengths to personal and career goals while developing strategies to … Read More

Admitting the Third Culture Kid

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Considerations for Admissions Officers at International Schools and Beyond According to the late sociologist, David Pollock, a Third Culture Kid (TCK) is “a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from … Read More

The Third Culture Kid Advantage

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The choice to move a family abroad is usually made after careful weighing of pros and cons. On one hand, the opportunity to provide one’s children with international experience, access to good international schools and an environment conducive to becoming fluent in a foreign language sounds enticing. On the other hand, the prospect of uprooting one’s children to an unfamiliar … Read More