“Third Culture Kids” (TCKs) spend several years of their childhood living in a different culture than the one their parents grew up in. Each TCK has a different experience, from location to number of moves to years spent abroad, but TCKs tend to share a unique bond, one that can only form from an understanding of what it is like to grow up between nations. Research and observations of TCKs began in the 60’s but the modern understanding of what a third culture kid is has been formed in the past 20 or so years. While there is abundant research on TCKs and the different experiences and challenges they have, there seems to be a lack of fiction targeting older elementary and middle school aged TCKs. Through this creative research project, academic research regarding TCKs was collected and complied so it could be used to write a middle school level story about life in an international school. Children spend a lot of time at school, especially when they are introduced to a new culture or temporary home. The halls of an international school best embody the cultural melting pot that is the “third culture”. This project and the story that accompanies it was written with the goal of perhaps one day helping a TCK as they begin a new chapter of life growing up around the world.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2019


Elizabeth Underwood

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work