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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

Read Me! This is an article from China »

Thank you for clicking in and really reading me :)

This is a post from Brie Li, Which is me.

I’m from Harbin, China. It is one of the biggest city in the North China, and also the capital city of the Most north province in China. I was born here and lived in this city for 12 years. This city is famous for its snow festival, warm spring, wet lands and beauties. Here’s a picture of my city —- Read the rest

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 – pillars of the English music scene – all hail from Manchester, or thereabouts. We have a great clubbing scene and great style (as long as you don’t take into account the morning after) and we basically have our own language compared to the rest of the country. Half my family is also Scottish, and I’m pretty into pushing the undervalued bands from up there onto anyone who will listen. Feel free to ask me about the Scottish Independence vote if you’ve got a good half hour and you’re not easily offended. Read the rest

Hallo alle zusammen! »

My name is Maximilian Nohr and I’m from Germany. I grew up in a small town called Flensburg, which is located in the most northern state of Germany, Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is known for its beer “Flens” and for being the city in which the “Kraftfahrtbundesamt” is located (they are the people who will fine you if you do anything wrong on a german road). But there is more to Flensburg than bureaucracy and beer. the city lies at the baltic sea so we have beaches and can go swimming in summer, even though our summers aren’t all that warm or long. In combination with our beautiful harbour and old-town, this is why Flensburg is a popular region for tourism. Read the rest

May you walk in beauty »


I was born in El Sauce, Michoacán, México. This is a small ranch five kilometers north of Cotija. The readers of this short piece may be aware that the country of Mexico is composed of 31 states and one federal entity, known as El Distrito Federal (Federal District) also known as la Ciudad de México. The Mexican state from whence more immigrants have come to the USA is Chihuahua; number two on that list is Michoacán. A poor economy is the primary reason for immigration from one country to another practically anywhere on planet earth. Mexico is a very mountainous, arid, land. Only 7% of the country is considered fertile. The state of Nebraska alone produces more corn than the country of Mexico. Illinois and Iowa in that order produce more corn than the Cornhusker state. Granted, not all the crop is utilized or grown for human consumption (cattle feed and gasoline additives). Wealth and power in México is controlled by the elite, roughly 2% of the population. We are speaking about a country of 110 million individuals. The disparity between wealthy and poor is simply astounding. Read the rest

Back to France, Bonjour from Home! »

Hi, wonderful Willamette community!

Long time no see… Gosh, I miss so many of you!

My name is Paul (last name “Romain”, pretty confusing as it is a popular first name in France, haha!), and for those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m from France.

I spent last year at Willamette as an exchange student, and now that I’m back home after what has been the best year of my life so far, I felt the desire to get more involved in the Willamette community, which will remain in my heart forever… And what better way to do that than contributing to this good old Willamette World News, right?! Indeed,  most part of last year, I was a co-editor for the WWN, and it’s now an honor and pleasure to contribute from overseas to this awesome project! So, with no further delay, let me introduce myself in proper terms. Read the rest

The city I am from, Daegu. »

I come from the ‘large hill’ in South Korea. Yes, that’s what my city, Daegu, literally means. I guess many people reading this article know about or are interested in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Maybe, I shouldn’t be talking about my city that probably no one cares. But, as a person who spent my childhood in Seoul, and moved to Daegu later, I have grown a considerable amount of love for this city, and now I proudly call it ‘my city’. I want to tell you how unique, crazy and lovable this city is by introducing a few key words related to Daegu. Read the rest

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, hasta luego! »

Dear faithful readers,

It is that time of year once again: the school year is coming to a end, and many of our wonderful contributors must fly home to their respective countries.

For our last issue of the year, please enjoy this touching collection of farewell articles, wherein our authors speak about American stereotypes and the preconceived notions they had about the U.S. before arriving, as well as their impressions and insights based on the experience of being at Willamette this semester or year.

This is always a bittersweet time for our Team, but we look forward to seeing you again next year to take another literary trip around the world together! :)

Prenez soin de vous, 后会有期, hebet Sorg zo uch, tanti auguri, verdi vel med pig, cuidense, tem cuidado, удачи,
Paul, Hailee, Lyu, and Giuliana

Not stories on unicorns or dragons, just heartfelt words for America »

When I was five years old, I vividly remembered two things about America. The first thing was the president of United States lived in the white house. The second was Gotham City was the most ‘famous’ city in America. This belief stemmed from early exposure to western pop music & various American TV shows. Read the rest

初めてでいっぱいの毎日;My life in the US is full of many new things everyday. »

Hi all,

I cannot believe that this is the last article I will write. Before I came to the US, I had a stereotypical image of the US. For example people living in the US eat hamburgers everyday, everyone is proud of their country and nationality, and they don’t care about other people at all. I know this sounds like a negative point of view,  but the point is that I didn’t know much about this country before I came here. Actually, I was not interested in the US at all.Living in the US has been a mind-opening experience.
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Tschüß Willamette und danke für alles! »

Dear Willamette Community,

I cannot believe it, but my year at Willamette has come to an end. It has been a great experience and I have met many amazing people during my stay on the lovely West Coast of the United States. For me this wasn’t the first time that I have spent a longer period of time in the US. In 2011, I did an exchange year at Kent State University in Ohio. Read the rest

Thank you and Goodbye! »

My experience in the United States is divided in two periods of my life: the first one as a child; the second one as an adult.

Spending two years of my life in a small town in Kentucky, learning English and learning to adapt to a whole different place was no easy task. I learned that my own perception of my country was completely insignificant in such a big nation like the United States. I learned there are some many other little “worlds” besides my little Ecuadorian reality. I also learned that I missed and appreciated my country so much more once I left it. Read the rest

Adios Willamette! »

While I was in Bolivia, I “knew” the United States through the movies and the news. I had an image of a very violent place where anybody can have a gun, a place with many drug users and drug dealers, and place with a high level of promiscuity of its youth; consequently, it was not in my plans to come to the U.S. , instead I always wanted to go to Europe or Australia. Read the rest

¡No es más que un hasta luego, no es más que un breve adiós! »

It is time to say goodbye, and I would like to start this piece of writing by saying that I did not consider the United States as my first option to have an experience abroad, but now that I reflect about it, this is the perfect place to have a multicultural experience. I used to have mixed feelings about this country, I was reluctant at first but later I changed my point of view concerning many different aspects. My view of the United States has changed enormously. Read the rest

She flies with her own wings »

When I first came to the United States in 2009, I went to The East coast. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, DC… Huge cities, crowded roads and very industrialized regions.

But as I came to Oregon, I heard someone saying “Left coast is definitely the right coast”. And to me it is so true…

I fell in love with the nature of the West coast. Oregon and its 6,000 lakes and 120,000 miles of rivers that I wish I could all kayak. Read the rest

Take a Bite for Your Break! »

Culture is served! Indulge in a bite! Take a seat at our table and sample some multicultural cuisine. Our amazing chefs have prepared for you recipes from all around the world in their articles discussing some of their favorite dishes. Globally, food is a reason to gather, a reason to connect, and a reason to overcome cultural boundaries. Whether it’s celebrating your friend’s birthday with cake, eating ice cream after a long day, or coming home to your mom’s homemade specialty, food is something we all have in common. So enjoy your spring break, and perhaps try out your culinary skills by whipping up some of these delectable dishes while learning what the world feeds on!

Bon appétit! Buon appetito! ¡Buen provecho!いただきます!Приятного апетита!

Your WWN editors,

Hailee, Lyu, Paul, and Giuliana

Yummy! »

As a staunch believer of the saying “I live to eat” rather than the survival concept “I eat to live”, I am grateful to be born in Singapore. Singapore is commonly known as the ‘food paradise’ in the Southeast Asian. The diverse selection of Singapore foods is the reflection of the country’s unique multi-racial tradition. From the all-time favourite’s Indian roti prata to the Chinese’s sensational chicken rice, Singaporeans have every reason to pamper themselves with good food no matter how bad the day gets.
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