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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Roy’s Peak »

  This is a picture from my very first hike in New Zealand and my first weekend leaving Dunedin. We began the day waking up in a house that was being rented by a couple wandering hippie types who were being kicked out of the place that morning who were all trying to figure out […]

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 »

This is the beginning of the Routeburn track in the Fiordlands of the South Island. It was the first time I had gone ‘tramping’ (backpacking) outside of the States. This was one of the highlights of my study abroad experience, not only because of the sense of accomplishment, closeness with nature, or the fact that […]


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.