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Introducing Meghan Cusick in DC »

My name is Meghan Cusick. I’m a junior Willamette student double majoring in Politics and Communications. And I am not on a typical abroad program. I have traveled time zones and flyover states in order to study in one of the most elusive, confusing, troubling, and distant places from the American people: Washington, DC.

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Law Enforcement In DC – An American Perspective »

The first time I went out in DC with some of the people in my seminar class, I heard one of those stories that you hope couldn’t be real. You hope the media invents these stories to stir up trouble. You hope there was another side. We’ve seen, in far more severe cases than the story I’m about to tell, that sometimes the world is just an unfair place and people, especially police, have the potential to be as bad as the media says they are.

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Hallo from the Netherlands! »

Hallo! My name is Kristin and I am currently studying at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Nijmegen is a small city of 160,000 located on the eastern side of the country, close to Germany. Read the rest

New International Students and Culture Shock »

students-2-266x300Greetings,

Our second Willamette World News issue of the semester is out!  Our new international students have written an introductory article in which they talk about themselves and their initial culture shock they experienced when they arrived.

Have a good read!

Lara, Hailee, and Jordan

The WWN Editorial Team

/!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

Hello from Grahamstown, South Africa »

Hey!

My name is Ryan de Villiers and I’m from South Africa. And yes, I am white and speak English. I am a study abroad student for the spring semester here at Willamette and am thoroughly enjoying it thus far. I am from Rhodes University in an even smaller town than Salem, Grahamstown, which is in one of the most beautiful provinces in South Africa, the Eastern Cape. At the moment it is probably around 90 degrees Fahrenheit back home, so I am definitely missing the weather but Oregon has surprised me with its sunny days. I am a Theatre and Politics major (in South Africa it is necessary to double major) and the courses here at Willamette are proving to be very stimulating and interesting. Read the rest

Why don’t you Americans wear socks and use umbrellas? »

My name is Yichen Fu and I am from Zhuhai, China. Zhuhai is a seaside city in southern China. Compared to other cities in China, for example Beijing, it is considered a small city. Growing up there, I learned to appreciate the beauty of nature and the quietness of life.
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Hello from Sweden! »

My name is Cajsa Nolskog and I’m one of the international students at Willamette this semester. I’m originally from Skövde, Sweden, but have lived in Norrköping the last year and a half before coming to Salem. I take every chance I get to live abroad, so I lived in a couple of places around the world with my first long time stay abroad in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, I went to high school for one year. That’s seven years ago now, and I thought it was time to come back to the US!
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Hello lovely readers of WWN, this is Melody from Australia! »

I have encountered many people who are dismayed that I do not greet them with “G’day”, a salutation you will not hear from anyone under the age of 65 back home. I do apologise for not adhering to this Aussie stereotype, but do not panic, I do use “mate” very abundantly!
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Hey there, or in German: Hallo! »

My name is Jasmin Egger and I am studying at Willamette during the spring semester of 2015. I am from Austria. Austria – in Europe – is close to Germany and Switzerland, so from the stereotypical American point of view, it is close to everywhere else in Europe, too! Austria should also not be mistaken with Australia because, unfortunately, we don’t have kangaroos or koalas (which, by the way, are my favorite animals!) there. Read the rest

Austria and The Sound of Music: Where the Hills Are Alive »

Long before I came to the United States from Graz, a relatively small town in Southern Austria and birth place of, among others, one Arnold Schwarzenegger, I was fully aware that I would get confronted with The Sound of Music. I’ve prepared myself. I’ve been on this side of the world twice before, and it really does seem as if this little movie haunts me and my country. It is, indeed, a difficult relationship we have with it.
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A thing or two about those oh-so-wonderful culture shocks »

When I was eighteen I moved from Finland to the UK. I was about to start my studies in Liverpool and I was so unbelievably excited and happy and excited, which left no room for the fear of the unknown. I arrived in Liverpool one September day and got instantly hit by a sweet and musky smell, which I have since associated with the UK – a scent resembling the combination of Haribos and an uncleaned floor carpet (or if you’re walking through town at night it’s beer and a strong cleaning product). Read the rest

Law Enforcement »

students-2-266x300Greetings,

Our first Willamette World News issue of the semester is out! In light of the current controversy and movements against police brutality, we have invited our returning international students to write about the law enforcement in their nations, specifically how they are viewed by society and their interactions with civilians.

Have a good read!

Lara, Hailee, and Jordan

The WWN Editorial Team

/!\Please note: the statement made in these articles do not reflect the view of Willamette University or the countries of the respective contributors./!\

If only Sarlat-La-Canéda PD could compete with Brooklyn nine-nine… »

Of course, it was for the sake of my title. I have nothing against the police of Sarlat-La-Canéda -who could have anything against the policemen of such a charming old French village like this? But sometimes, I find myself thinking of how great it would be if the French law enforcement was half as cool as the one we see in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
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Die Polizei – Dein Freund und Helfer?! (The police – your friend and aid?!) »

The words “Die Polizei – Dein Freund und Helfer” (The police – your friend and aid) is the slogan of the police. These words were first used by Albert Grzesinki, the Prussion secretary of the interior, in 1926 as a preface for a police exhibition. This slogan is still used today and seen by the majority of people as contemporary, which I will elaborate more on in the following.
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