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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Everyday Street + Anticipation

My Every day street

Throughout the preparation in being able to study abroad, it is always made clear that studying abroad can be and is a life changing experience for some people. To me this photo is of a street I always crossed to catch the bus that was part of my everyday commute routine, and brought my emotions full circle: the anxiety of being in a foreign place, growing to adapt and assimilate into the cultural life style of Japan as a guest in their society, and the anxiety of returning home to a place that is so familiar. While abroad, I was always looking ahead to the fun and opportunities that awaited in my quest to maximize my time abroad. Times are dark and the stillness of the night is almost tangible. Made it through one day after the next, learning, growing, and coming to love the community I had become a part of. The night I took this picture, it was a little before returning back home to Hawaii. The stillness of the night was almost just as tangible as knowing change was coming, but not what it would bring. A car approaches, and isn’t going to stop for you because the driver of that car has a different destination in mind. The time has come for you to start moving again. Where is your destination? What do you want to do with your life now that you have more knowledge and grown?

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