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Immersion – state of being deeply engaged or involved; absorption.
In a Study Abroad Experience you immerse yourself into another culture, another reality and actually another, globally savvy you. Upon your return home, how do you transition from that deeply engaging experience back into this seemingly ordinary experience of Marquette University? Campus Ministry is one of many resources available to you on campus to engage in the process of reflection on your immersion experience and transitioning back into a purposeful life here on Marquette's campus. The following are two ways to walk through your post-immersion experience.
Key to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola is reflection. To reflect is to discern the true meaning behind this experience and identify its significance to your reality/identity. Your experience is uniquely your own and others may not fully know what you have gone through and what you are now experiencing. You are the one who must navigate yourself back into the reality of Marquette University, but you don’t have to do it alone. By bringing meaning to all the feelings and discomfort one often experiences when returning to campus, reflection inevitably leads to a greater sense of being. Look to mentors on campus who can help you ask those reflective questions: Campus Ministry, the Jesuit community, professors in class, your hall minister and other respected staff may be helpful for you.