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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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 office seemed oddly mad and frustrated all at the same time. They were rushing everywhere and seemed very self-concerned. People seemed like they were faking being happy to be polite even though something was bothering them inside. That’s when I realized they were stressed. I wasn’t fully aware of it while I was there, but Irish society as a whole just doesn’t stress as much. “Stress less” is one of the mottos I took away from my time spent  in Ireland.

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