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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My Time in NZ

Tunnel Beach

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 was to explore the beautiful landscape that New Zealand has to offer. I achieved both of these goals and left feeling satisfied and content. I did not have a difficult time adjusting to being back, or even to adjusting being there. This is most likely due to the fact that New Zealand is an English speaking country and although their culture is different, it is still Westernized and therefor not entirely different than my own. After going to Ecuador last year and having a difficult time adjusting and speaking a different language, going to New Zealand was exactly what I wanted. I will look back on my time abroad fondly and look forward to returning.

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