Book Review: The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition

As mentioned in my previous post, my blog will refocus a little bit over the next couple of months on expats, books, and other thoughts on culture. So here’s a first book review to get us going.

The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition
By Tina Quick
Summertime Publishing, 2010
300 pages

Herself a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and the mother of three TCKs, Tina Quick’s personal experiences add both depth and relevance to her book The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition. In this well-structured and informative text, Quick provides repatriating TCKs with the information necessary to understand and navigate the double transition into both a new culture and a college/university setting. Though it would be virtually impossible to write a step-by-step, one size fits all list of “how-to” steps for this transition, Quick comes close to doing so by combining previous research on TCKs and transition with universally practical tips for the college environment.

Quick’s combination of practical information and narratives from TCKs adds to the readability and relatability of the book. Her writing style transports the reader from their couch at home into what feels like a personal conversation. The book begins by exploring the broad stages of transition and identity development, then specifically addresses the biggest struggles and challenges that a TCK will face while transitioning to university life. By providing advice on general topics in which TCKs can establish personal guidelines, Quick has made the book useful to practically everyone making a cross-cultural transition to university (and possibly also to those who have never left their passport culture).

This book will benefit any teenager transitioning out of one culture and into another for university, as well as parents looking for advice on how to help their children enter this new phase of their life. Though there is no way to completely eliminate the challenges that a TCK will face, having this knowledge beforehand and keeping Quick’s useful suggestions in mind will undoubtedly make the transition easier.

If you’re interested in reading the entire book, it can be ordered here:


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