Tina L. Quick
This is the updated second edition of Tina Quick’s book written to and for students who have been living outside their "passport" countries but are either returning "home" or transitioning on to another host country for college/university. These students are known as third culture kids, cross culture kids, or global nomads, but they have no clue how they are being impacted by their cross-cultural lifestyle until they have an experience that wakes them up to the fact that they are different from others. This commonly takes place upon repatriation for college or university when they are surrounded mostly by those who have never ventured away from their home country or culture. What results is the feeling of cultural imbalance, not fitting in, inability to connect with their home-country peers. They feel like a "fish out of water."
The Four Pearls: Tina addresses in detail the four most common stumbling blocks TCKs face in the transition to college/transition that can come as a huge surprise. She explains these common but unexpected challenges, why TCKs/CCKs have them, and what they can do to confront them.
- The transition cycle—Involvement, Leaving, Transition, Entering, Re-involvement
- TCK identity development—the search for congruence in the sense of who they are as TCKs
- Unresolved grief—from multiple losses and separations
- Relationships—how global nomads relate differently from their domestic peers
New in the Second Edition:
- Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and building a career by Amanda Bates, M.B.A., M.Ed;
- Mental health issues and finding a counselor by Lois Bushong, M.S.;
- Dismantling your grief tower and romantic relationships by Lauren Wells.
- Updates and new stories brought about by 10 years of cultural change and a pandemic.
- Expanded Parents’ chapter addressing the fallout of common parenting strategies as well as how parents can come alongside their students, prepare them for the journey, and support them throughout this major transition.
Katie Rigg, Council of International Schools wrote:
The updates and inclusions in this second edition are timely and provide an authentic, empathetic and practical resource; a safe place for TCK students to probe, prompt, plan and prepare.
Michael V. Pollock, Co-author Third Culture Kids wrote:
I would highly recommend this second edition to students, parents, guidance counsellors, and international student services personnel.
Ruth E. Reken, Co-author Third Culture Kids wrote:
The second edition of The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition is a timely release with extensive collaboration and should be on the ‘must-read’ list for third culture secondary grads!
Brian D. White, Lewis & Clark College wrote:
Tina Quick builds on the wisdom from her first edition and pulls together many other expert voices to address evolving issues young people face in our changing world.
Whether you devour this new edition cover-to-cover, or use parts of it for quick reference, it is a fantastic resource for TCK students, parents, educators, and counselors. I always have a couple copies in my office, and they get used... A lot.