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Sustainability and Job Markets »

Hello Willamette!

For this issue, we decided to draw inspiration from Willamette’s sustainability agenda here on campus and asked our contributors to tell us about their country’s environmental efforts as they relate to the economy and the job sector. Prioritization of renewable energy, origins of popular global brands, fluctuations in different job markets, imports, exports, and the writers’ esteemed fields of work are all topics discussed in this issue.

We hope you get a chance to learn more about this very relevant subject in the articles written by some of our fantastic international students!

WWN Editors,

Hailee, Lara, and Jordan

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

Las economías de México y Los Estados Unidos »

As a dual citizen of both countries, my perspective is unique. Agriculture provided jobs for my parents to immigrate to the United States. The bracero program of the early 1940’s permitted one of the entry ways for men to work in this nation. The word stems from the word brazo, which means arm. Mexican men were invited to the United States to work in agriculture for a period of six months. They received permits and were encouraged to return after the holidays or after the spring time. California, Oregon, and Washington were states directly affected by this international hiring of workers. These two countries have extensive connections. Economically and otherwise, they continue to affect one another well into their southern and northern regions.
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From Renewable Energy to Birkenstock »

Dear Readers,

this entry focuses on Germany’s renewable energy, bicycle-friendly cities, exporting and German brands. I’ll try to give you some interesting and fun facts about German efficiency 😉 If this sounds reasonably intriguing, please continue…
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Howdy from the land of Steak and Malbec! »

In this issue I will focus on two very attractive topics for me: economic activities and renewable energy. Well to begin with, I will start describing a little bit about Argentina’s economy. My country is well-known for having one of the best steaks in the world, but contrary to what many people think, that is not the only product that we export. Argentina is also highly popular for selling one of the best “Malbec” wines of the region as well as grains such as, soy (it is the third largest world producer) and wheat.  Read the rest

Danone, L’Oréal and revolutionary French »

Hi guys, it’s me again!

Remember? Valentine, this girl from France. Ah la France… Just hearing this makes you daydream about Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, Versailles, the Normandie, the Provence, the smelly cheese, the overwhelming amount of wines coming from every single part of the country –Champagne, Bordeaux, Bourgogne,… Or maybe just about Paris (and that’s a lot already!). Read the rest

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 future, a Lindsey Lohan reference, a catchy song that sounds rude but isn’t, and (in classic Northern Irish style) political disagreement. Enjoy :)
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France’s Future, Economy & Environment: a Pragmatic and Optimistic Outlook »

Well hello there!

Hope everything is awesome at Willamette, even though I have very little doubts about this according to my personal experience, and that y’all are enjoying life!

Coming back from picking grapes in Alsace (a pretty bucolic region in the Northeast of France), I do have a few things to tell you about our economy, our job market and my country’s environmental efforts, and will do my best to keep it nicely clear and organized.
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Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of — The Economy and Job Market of Shanghai »

When I first heard of this topic, it was difficult for me to come up with a draft for an article. Since China has the largest population, second largest economy and third largest landscape, it has great diversity between regions and to conclude that in one single article was extremely hard for me. So I decided that I would write only about Shanghai instead, a city I love and hate at the same time. Read the rest

Culture Shock: Welcome to a new semester! »

Hello Willamette Community,

Welcome to a new semester of Willamette World News articles from both new and old international contributors. This issue is our largest ever with 22 articles total! We’ve also made a new addition to the WWN tradition as we’ve invited Willamette students currently studying abroad to contribute their unique perspectives as American students in France, Wales, Japan, and Russia. This issue, we’ve asked our amazing group of international travelers to tell us a little about themselves, where they’re from, and what culture shocks they’ve experienced so far. We also have new additions to the WWN editorial team: Lara and Jordan. In this issue we have 18 countries represented and 12 languages. We have a great deal of diversity on campus with the presence of our wonderful international students this year. Please take this great opportunity to get to know them and hear their amazing stories. We will have more interesting topics coming up soon. We hope you have a good read!

Hallo, Grüß Gott, und Guten Tag! :) »

My name is Julia, and the above are three ways of saying “Hello” in German (there are way more, especially when you take into account all the regional dialects). When looking at a map of Germany, you would find my hometown, Würzburg, more or less in the very center of the map.
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How different cultural backgrounds in me respond to culture shock »

It’s been almost 6 weeks since I arrived at Willamette University. Everyday I spend here is wonderful with new information of things I’ve never seen before. It’s my first article for the Willamette World News, and since I’m Ning, I want to start things in a different way. Read the rest

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 this blog), and was manager there during my senior year. The reason I was invited to write alongside all these fabulous international students who are starting to integrate themselves into WU life is that, since leaving my cozy Salem home I have chosen to lead a rather international life, which the WWN team thinks will be interesting and maybe even educational (we’ll see). So anyway, here’s a brief introduction of myself and my plans for the future. Read the rest

Kon’nichiwa from Japan »

Hi, my name is Naoko Matsuo.
I’m from Tokyo, Japan.
This is a very small city, but a lot of people live in there.
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Greetings From The Town Of Blue Chocolate! »

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am ecstatic to be writing for the WWN this semester!

I come from the United States, more specifically I was born in California and moved to Oregon at 11. Now you Americans must be thinking now: “why is she writing for the WWN? She’s not from the world; the United states does not count as the world! This is a disgrace to Willamette World News!”
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The Floor is Hot Lava »

Привет/Privet dear readers!

I must say, I had no idea that the floor is hot lava in Russia (remember those primary school days), and that the rugs go on the wall. Yet, this is one of the many lessons I have stowed away in my mental archives since embarking on a study abroad to Russia. It is considered a dirty place, not suitable for sitting on, putting your purse on, etc.

A brief introduction to myself; my name is Giuliana Alfinito, I am a senior at Willamette. I am majoring in International Studies, minoring in (surprise) Russian, and I’m a professional shower-singer on the side. I currently live in a place that almost no one seems to have heard of: Yaroslavl, Russia. It’s nicely sandwiched between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and is a calm, easy-going city of about 700,000 people. Other discoveries I’ve made here include but are not limited to:gs that should touch it are your feet, enclosed in house slippers (тапочки/tapochki).
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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.

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I say GRÜß GOTT, SERVUS – CZESZ, WITAM to the United States! »

Guten Tag and dzień dobry! My name is Tina and I am currently an exchange student from Germany with polish heritage.
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Bonjour tout le monde! »

My name is Lucile Brown and I come from the beautiful country of France. I’m a senior at university and am here at Willamette for a semester.
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Grüße aus dem Norden »


my name is Karoline Gotchel and I am very glad to be your German language assistant for this year.

I’m from Hanover which is located in the middle, northern part of Germany. Although mainly people only know it either through its fairs or passing by with the train, it has much more to offer.

First of all, it is supposed to be the most green city in Germany with half a million people living on 200 km². Almost 12 percent are green area. These areas include the Maschsee with its Maschpark,  the Georgengärten, Herrenhäuser Gärten and the Eilenriede (see pictures). Read the rest

Hello! Bonjour! »

Hello! Or Bonjour I should say. Let me introduce myself: my name is Valentine, I am 22 years old and I come from France. What city am I from? This is a simple question and yet, it requires a complicated answer from me.  Then keep Google Maps within an easy reach  and all aboard, ship’s boy (or girl)!

Heading for Ajaccio, the city where I was born long long long ago and also the capital city of Corsica, coordinates: 41°55′36″N 8°44′13″E ! Welcome to a French island inhabited by a fierce people eager to protect their land from the drifts of globalization (heavy construction over virgin fields, loss of traditional values,…) You may wonder why, after all it is a worldwide phenomenon nowadays. Read the rest

Tingyu Hu?? Tingyu Me!! »

Hi, everybody.

My name is Tingyu Hu; nice to have a chance to write for the WWN.

I’m from Nanchang, China. A major southeast city with a population of 5 million.
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Just Call Me Angel :) »

My name is Pei-Hsuan Chen, or some of you might know me as Angel, which is in fact, my very first given name. I’m from Taipei, Taiwan. So far I have not yet found someone who was also born and raised in Taiwan at Willamette, but I am not lonely at all with all the new friends I’ve made here. I am a freshman and considering majoring in Studio Art, since nothing makes me feel more alive than creating. Read the rest

Hola Willamette »

Hi everybody! this is Matias Torres and I am the Spanish language assistant this year at Willamette thanks to the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program and  Willamette University. First I am going to tell you a little bit about myself. I am 29 years old and I am originally an English teacher in Argentina. I work at four different places there. I teach English language and literature in English in two bilingual high schools and I also teach two classes (English Language II and Children and Young Adult Literature) at a Teacher Training College. I also teach business English and I am the interpreter and translator at a company that produces and exports grape juice concentrates. Read the rest

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 from Sweden (Smörgåsbord, IKEA, Zlatan, ABBA) but as you can tell from my litany of names my geneology does not stop there.

My parents are from Chile in Latin America (explaining why I look nothing like your typical swede), my grandfather is German, and I have family in Spain, Finland, Argentina, Germany and Thailand. Oh and I live in Scotland. Read the rest

Buongiorno Ragazzi!! »

Hi everyone!

My name is Martina and I am an exchange student for this fall semester at Willamette. I had the wonderful opportunity to study here thanks to ISEP, the International Student Exchange Program, and my home university which is sponsoring me.

I grew up in a little village on the Italian Alps: a beautiful medieval burg in the Valtellina Valley, surrounded by vineyards and apple trees groves, not too far from the Switzerland border. Famous for its cuisine, its Astronomical Observatory and ridiculously narrow driving lanes, where I actually enjoyed riding my Dad’s Vespa scooter as a kid. Read the rest