Tellus

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 February, 2012

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Half way through a day of visiting ancient ruins for a class, my friend and I stopped to take this photo. Nigh poked my eye out, but its a cool photo.
The rest of the day was a wonderful a jolt through time. We found a hollowing rock that rang like a bell when struck, an arena where [...]

Reflecting Back »

Thoughts I had on top of the Mt. shown. (If the photo uploaded correctly) See gallery.
Why have destinations? If you have nowhere to be it doesn’t matter when you get there.
Live to the beat of life. The farther from it you stray, the more out of tune you sound, the less happy you will be. [...]

My Time in NZ »

New Zealand was everything I expected it to be. It was beautiful, laid-back, and full of endless things to do. I chose to go to New Zealand for two reasons; as an anthropology major it was to gain insight into a country with a unique relationship with their indigenous population and as an adventure-seeker it [...]

A (Swedish) Education »

Yesterday marked my first day of real classes here. Pardon me, I meant to say class. Part-time class. As in, meet once or twice a week for a couple hours. And it’s the only class I’ll have here till November, when my full time course starts up (I know it sounds crazy, [...]

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Anyone who has gone to Germany will tell you that each city has three things to offer, a church, a palace/castle and a town hall. We visited the Stuttgart Palace on a wonderful summer afternoon, had ice cream in the city center and ate Döner. Walking in these fountains next to toddlers and Germans. This is a [...]

I Believe, in “Risking, Failing, and Risking Again”! »

Studying abroad was pobably one of the most culturally awakening experiences that I have had. Unlike most people within study abroad, I was able to study in a wonderful place where everything that I knew to be true was different. Spending a semester in the far off location of Connecticut I found myself immersed in another world, here within [...]

The End of it All »

I have been back in the states for almost two months and I am still coming to terms with my time abroad. I have come to realize that there is no real way that I can summarize what Ecuador did to me and what it was like.  Sure I can tell you about the crazy trip I had [...]

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This picture was taken from Kyoto Station in Kyoto, Japan. It’s a little hard to tell, but in the middle of the mass of urban buildings, there stands a single temple. The duality of Kyoto as illustrated by this photo made it such a wonderful place to visit, and it wasn’t until the moment I [...]

DC: The perfect place for activism »

This fall I went to the Tar Sands rally at the White House to help 12,000 other people ask President Obama to oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This was my first ever protest experience, and it really was amazing. It was an absolutely perfect fall day, sunny and warm enough not to wear [...]

Studying “Abroad” in DC »

While in DC I had so many amazing new experiences: new school, new internship, new friends, new places to explore. On top of all this, I started my first ever blog!
I wanted to use this blog to help college students learn how to get involved in organizations where they can give back to the environment. [...]