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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Backpacking in Paradise


Before studying in New Zealand, I just thought of it as a beautiful mountainous country where you feel like you’re in Lord of the Rings. But, it is so much more than that. This photo is from my trip to Abel Tasman at the northern tip of the South Island. It is significant to my international experience because I accomplished one of the great walks which was on my bucket list for my time in New Zealand. Backpacking along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track brought me pure joy being out there in the middle of nowhere in a place so beautiful I’m still not sure if it is real. This photo represents my time studying on the South Island of New Zeland and all the amazing outdoor adventures I was able to have!

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