Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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The Land of Bare Feet
This is me on the side of a main road in Waihi, selling fruit for a couple I decided to WWOOF with after school finished. We got to eat all the fruit and veg we wanted while we worked!

Studying abroad was among the best choices I’ve made in my life. Although there is no tangible evidence of my growth, my ability to solve problems and confidence in my ability to thrive in new environments grew immensely. My world view has expanded and evolved to include a number of lifestyles and cultural differences. The friends I made and places I visited proved to me that happiness exists on a number of planes. I came to understand that my life is as open-ended as I’d like it to be and that success does not guarantee satisfaction. I’m endlessly grateful for the experience and recommend going abroad to anyone and everyone, especially to those who are unsure of themselves or how they’d adapt to a new country.

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