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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 […]

“Knock Knock” “Who’s There?” “Police Constable O’Grady” “Sh*t, RUN!” »

Northern Irish law enforcement is a tricky topic and one that is very difficult to write about without presenting bias (something that can be very dangerous in my country), however I will try my best to contextualize my thoughts into a readable format for you guys (as well as hoping to poke fun at everything […]

Molly & Co. – Perceptions of Family »

You all know the nuclear family structure – Mum (not Mom), Dad and the 2.5 kids. Dad goes out to work and Mum stays at home and… I dunno, bakes a pie or something. You also probably know this model has become rarer and rarer and, luckily for us, society has not completely fallen apart.

“Functioning Society of Alcoholics”: Celebrations in the UK »

The title above comes once or twice removed from one of my fellow internationals from the UK, who doesn’t drink. While that is definitely an option, it’s not one you come across too often. I wasn’t really sure how to define “holidays” as that back home just means when you have time off – Bank […]

Green, White & Gold (Absinthe, Malibu & Tequila): A beginner’s guide to Alcoholism »

Welcome to your cultural education lesson number 3 for Northern Ireland: my Nation’s Celebrations. Ireland has a few great traditions and given the drinking stereotype of my country, alcohol does play a role in many of them but of course not everything we celebrate has you reaching for the Guinness (although it may seem like […]

Potatoes + Titanic x More Potatoes = Northern Irish Economy »

Welcome back, fans, to the second issue of the WWN; “The job market/economy and your country’s environmental efforts.” Obviously there is a lot more than just potatoes going on back home. Within this (what was intended to be short) piece I will dissect the economic branches of Northern Ireland, including a folktale, my sister’s predictable […]

Greetings From Across the Pond! »

Hi Willamette community! My name is Rita. You may know me already, or have seen me around campus as I studied at Willamette and graduated in May 2014 with a degree in Spanish and in Latin American Studies. I also worked as Spanish/German Liaison for the Language Learning Center (aka the lovely folks who organize […]

Irish And Not Ginger?! Breaking News! »

My name is Jordan Henderson (not to be confused with the other Jordon Henderson on campus who is incidentally in my Psychology class) and I am one of the editors for the WWN, as well as being an international student myself.

Hej! »

I’ll begin with a brief introduction. My name is Paulina Scapigliata Ludwig Torreblanca Reyes Rojas Re… And the list goes on. But to keep this short and sweet, I’ll resign to just Paulina for now. Although some of you probably know me as Candice from Iowa but that’s a whole other (drunken) story. I hail […]

Northwest Is Best »

I’m Molly and I’m from Manchester, in the North of England. Basically, any Mancunian will tell you that Manchester is the Best City in the World, but no-one can really explain why. I like to think it’s something to do with the music. The Smiths, Joy Division, The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, Oasis – […]

Great Britain: A Post-Colonial Immigration Nation »

The UK’s history of immigration will forever be tarnished by our collective memory of colonialism’s oppressive tendencies and its innumerable atrocities. Due to this less than flattering element of our no-so-distant history I am sure many still view the United Kingdom as a fairly unwelcoming and ultimately intolerant society. If this short article does nothing […]

Hello! »

My name is Adam Cotton and I’m one of the mini-colony of Brits who have landed upon these fine shores. I hope that doesn’t seem offensive or provocative but it is one of the many ways I have been characterised since arriving. As soon as I opened my mouth and my dull and sterile accent […]

Best Experiences »

I think my favorite experiences while being in the US were on trips. I got to see whales which I wouldn’t normally have been able to see and I didn’t get really sea sick! I got to go stay with my roommate in Portland which was nice because she had such a lovely family and […]

Squrriels here vs there »

The squirrels in Willamette seem to be well loved by everyone. They’re energetic and fun to watch as they chase each other around the trees. I’m always amazed how close they get to you. The squirrels back home are very different. They’re sort of lazy and much fatter!! Most British people don’t have the same […]