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.

Archive for October, 2011

Studying Abroad in China »

My time abroad in China was certainly a point of my life that I will  look back on throughout the future.  Being abroad enabled me to improve my knowledge of Chinese language and culture at a tremendous rate.  Looking back, my time abroad was certainly helpful for my academic pursuits, and undoubtedly will be beneficial […]

From Galway to Salem »

Returning from Ireland has been an emotional experience for me. It was so nice to be in a place where I could take time to explore an entirely new environment. My academic load was much less than it is now, and I spent much more of my time away from school, interacting with new people […]

Where will this path take me? »

This photograph was taken a couple days after the February 22nd earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand. I was studying in Christchurch when the earthquake happened. In the aftermath, everyone seemed to be fleeing the city. Some people that I hardly knew rented a car and invited me to leave with them. We spent the […]

Returning From China »

As cliche as it sounds, my study abroad experience changed my life. Perhaps it didn’t change who I am, but rather it brought out parts of me that the past had not given me the opportunity to express and experience. This trip abroad was my sixth time to China and my longest stay. Being able […]

Returning from the Emerald Isle »

I never thought I’d have trouble re-adjusting to my life back in the U.S. after being in Galway, Ireland for 5 months, but I was definitely wrong. As soon as I got back I started working with my Mom at a phone book company and immediately started seeing social differences. I thought everyone in the […]

Vamos! »

My father always told me not to assume. I, being my rebellious self, would always ask him why. Almost before finishing my question he would always reply on the dot, “Because it makes you look like an ass son”. I then figured out later on that assume starts with the word “ass” and that it […]

A Royal Occasion »

During my semester in London I was lucky enough to experience a great historical moment, the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. At first I felt like the wedding festivities were overblown just to make money on the plethora of Will and Kate merchandise on every street corner. I wanted no part of […]