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.

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Milford Sound Extravaganza »

This is an image of Milford Sound in Fjordland. I went with a couple of friends just before finals started, and it was the last big trip I took in New Zealand. It involved kea parrots landing on our car and trying to steal the mirrors, boats, penguins, almost getting snowed in, sore butts from […]

An Unexpected Family »

This picture was taken when my friends and I decided that we all really needed a vacation so we all piled into a couple cars and drove to Queenstown. It was a spur of the moment trip and was one of the most fun trips I have been on. I miss my NZ family!

Roy’s Peak »

Study Abroad Experience in Dunedin »

Friends and Mountains »

Land of the Kiwis »

Overall, New Zealand was an unbelievable experience. This specific photograph was taken on a hike in the Mt. Cook National Park. A few friends and I traveled here for an overnight excursion. When we arrived, it was very foggy and we could not see the glaciers around us, so we had no idea where we […]

Routeburn Track, Fiordland, New Zealand »

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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 […]

Learning Not to Have a Plan »

I’ve learned that sometimes a wrong turn is a good thing. I’ve always wanted to have a plan.  I get places early,I get stressed when things don’t go according to plan and I don’t wing it.  I know where I’m going and what I’m doing ahead of time.  Or at least I used to know, […]

A Road Trip to Remember »

This image encompasses many of the aspects of my international experience which I am most grateful for, such as the outstanding people I will never forget and the amazing friendships I forged, my numerous travels across the entire country of New Zealand and the beautiful scenery there and the wonderful memories from my spring break […]

Kiwis and their Rugby. Madness, eh? »

I lived in Dunedin last semester and fortunately, I happened to be there during the Rugby World Cup. What kind of luck is that? The All Blacks (NZ pro rugby team) played a game at this stadium during the beginning of my stay before the Cup started. Since kiwis are absolutely crazy about their rugby […]

Where will this path take me? »

This photograph was taken a couple days after the February 22nd earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand. I was studying in Christchurch when the earthquake happened. In the aftermath, everyone seemed to be fleeing the city. Some people that I hardly knew rented a car and invited me to leave with them. We spent the […]

The Nevis in New Zealand »

My heart pounds as I take the plunge on the Nevis in New Zealand, over 134 meters above a little creek at the bottom of a canyon. This was one of the most exhilarating moments of my trip.

Lake Manapouri, South Island, New Zealand »

This photo was taken in August 2009 on the South Island of New Zealand.  A group of international students and I headed west from Dunedin for a long weekend trip to hike and tour Fjordland National Park.  At the end of one of our hikes, we ended up on the shore of this lake, Manapouri, […]

Fields of gold in Wanaka, New Zealand »

When I heard that the Queen’s Birthday caused classes at the University of Otago to be canceled on Monday, 1 June, I knew I wanted to use the extended weekend and travel somewhere in New Zealand I’d never been before. I’d already visited Queenstown, the country’s mountain-rimmed adventure capitol on the shores of stunning Lake […]