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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Home Really is Where the Heart Is

Pictured above, my friend Amy Soto enjoying the snow in Italy. This picture as a whole really encompasses nearly everything that I've learned from studying abroad. Yes, studying and seeing an unknown country is wonderful and exciting, but there's nothing quite as moving, powerful, or as unforgettable as the heartfelt memories made among devoted loved ones. Discovering a new world with newly-made but special friends can never be forgotten. The trust, the support, the joys and the pains. . . they were there through it all. That is what marks my experience abroad special. The people in it. To demonstrate what I mean, this photo in particular was taken during our spring break expecting warm weather. We arrive in Venezia only to discover that it's pouring cats and dogs, not to mention that the day was unbearably cold. To combat the freezing weather, we used extra socks we had in our packs as gloves, but the day kept getting worse as we got entirely soaked from head to toe. Our day just progressively got worse, and worse until it culminated with SNOW! However, the snowfall was the turning point of our day. Before then, we thought everything sucked because nothing was going as planned, but here Amy took the prime opportunity to teach us an important life lesson. Life is what you make of it. You can let it go to waste, or enjoy every single moment. The choice is ours.

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