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
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!
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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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
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
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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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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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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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.
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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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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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! 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
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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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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