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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Seeing New Places with New People »

This photo was taken in Oxford on a day trip I took with the friends I made while abroad in England. We climbed up a ton of stairs to get to the top of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin and was amazed by this view. It was great to share one of those […]

Memory in UK »

It might be too late to upload. But this photo was taken at last Thanksgiving in University of Leicester. An American exchange student and I celebrated this festival with students in Leicester with different nationalities, mostly British, and also including Italian and Asian. They never celebrated Thanksgiving, so they were so excited about it. We […]

Powerful experience »

When I was in Prague I took a course called Comprehending the Holocaust. At the end of the semester we took a trip to Auschwitz. This was the most powerful and educational experience I had abroad. My entire life I had learned about the Holocaust in school and from my grandparents , but to finally […]

First Day in Korea »

Photo in Greece »

  This is a picture of a rock I took while I was in Greece. Greece is really famous for its rocks, especially the ones believed to relate to the people inhabiting Greece around 2,500 years ago. People like to look at these rocks because of all the stories told about Ancient Greece. I wasn’t […]


This is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  Ecuador was the most amazing experience and I wouldn’t change one thing about it.  Like these kids, Ecuador was full of heartbreaking yet the most inspirational people I have ever met. I cannot wait to return.

Dachau Concentration Camp – Germany »

I was visiting Germany and it was the first time I had ever visited a concentration camp. As I looked out the window of one of the barracks I couldn’t take my eyes off what I saw. It was a bronze sculpture made to look like barbed wire but the barbed wire was made to […]

From Sweden to Istanbul »

Paris at a glance »

Last Day in London »

Granada, Spain »

I took this photo during a program visit to the Alhambra in the town I was living in, Granada, Spain. These intricate wall carvings were so striking and beautiful and I was so glad I captured the moment. It was a special moment of standing in a really old building and thinking about all the […]

Thanksgiving 2016 »

Home is where you make it.

Memories Abroad! »

This picture is of me and my roommate and was taken by our host mom on my birthday celebration! I am reminded of the delicious french food and warm atmosphere of my home stay when reflecting this image.

A Monument to Blood »

A personal goal of mine has always been to see the wonders of the world. I have been conflicted recently, as to what should and should not count, but there is one which I know for certain. The Flavian Amphitheater, the largest of its kind across the Empire. We spent half a day in this […]

Otium cum dignitate »

Otium cum dignitate. Leisure with dignity. This was the very first phrase I learned in Latin my first day of college. It describes a way of life for the ancient Roman elite: one should always work hard, and if one takes leisure, it should be a dignified activity, something that improves the mind such as […]

Where the Past is Woven into the Present »

This photo of Osaka Castle was taken on the Kansai excursion offered to the JSP students and it is an image that I think epitomizes my Japanese Studies Program experience. I was always in a state of awe and wonder throughout my stay in Japan because of the way Japan incorporated modernity and history together […]

The Voyage of the Daffodil »

Panorama of London »

Always Learning »

Quito, Ecuador is a very beautiful and special place. The people there are so friendly and nice, and always have wonderful things to say about their country. I read a lot about Ecuador before visiting and continued to learn about it in classes and from Ecuadorians once there. However, the experience says it all. The […]

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 […]

Confessions of an Introvert »

  Let me start out by saying that I do not consider myself to be social. In fact, I often find myself holed up in my dorm room at school, hanging out on YouTube and casually writing short stories. I read for fun and will go out of my way to be by myself. However, […]

Swimming »

This image is significant to me because these were some of the first friends I made while abroad. They were part of a club swimming team that they invited me to join. This was the best part of time abroad because being with the team and competing was so much fun. I was really happy […]

Changing expectations »

When I chose to study abroad in Costa Rica, I was expecting to be welcomed into a “green” country, a country dedicated to conservation efforts with progressive laws and a functional government. I had heard about Costa Rica eliminating a standing army, having a woman president, having incredible environmental protection laws, and eradicating all zoos. […]

London Study Abroad: First Week »

I took this picture during my first week in London. The tube was always an interesting adventure. Someone once told me, “Theatre is a journey. Even if you take the same route to work every single day of your life, the journey is always different”. This is something I finally understood what this meant at the very […]

When in Zurich: Never Judge by First Looks (Especially on Parade Day!) »

My first couple days in Zurich were spent in my apartment, resting from my travels and adapting to the time change. Finally, I decided to venture out into the city – about half an hour from where I lived on the outskirts of town. I was met by quite a shock. The people were dressed […]