Celia R.

Junior - Exercise Science
Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Location: Seoul, South Korea

Interests: Traveling, Reading, Karate, Drawing, Volleyball

Extra Curricular Activities: Karate, Volleyball, Photography

Red or Green? green

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
— St. Augustine

Favorite Class: Anatomy & Physiology

Favorite Bands: Young the Giant, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys,


What's your best UNM experience so far?
I took language classes here in high school, and at the time I signed up to have a Brazilian language partner/conversation partner. I absolutely love that CELAC (UNM's Center for English Language and Culture) offers this and it definitely helped me meet Brazilians on campus and practice my Portuguese.

How will your study abroad experience help your professional career?
I believe it will help me see things from other perspectives and get a better view of the world overall. There is no one right way to do things, and I hope this will help me solidify that belief.

Why did you choose South Korea?
I originally wanted to do the stereotypical European study abroad experience, but I soon figured out I wanted more of a challenge than that. I absolutely adored East Asia when I visited, and I am intrigued by non-westernized culture.

What have you learned in your time in college?
That I don't have to be perfect. Though I've yet to receive a "B" (knock on wood) I've become much more accepting of the fact that getting a "B" is not the end of the world.

Meet Celia R.

School is back!

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After a two-and-a-half-month break, school is finally back in session. The school year here follows the calendar year, so the fall semester is the second semester and the long break is during winter. The winter was really cold for about a month, but recently it’s been getting warmer. And with said warmth comes fruit aplenty! […]

Favorite foods in Korea (Part 2)

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Part two of my personal favorite foods that I’ve encountered here in Korea! This is probably not going to be a comprehensive list, nor a list of the most popular foods in Korea.. just foods I love that I actually happened to snap pictures of. Enjoy! 🙂   Bibimbap is the first thing that I […]

Favorite foods in Korea! (Part 1)

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    I’m not sure if it is a well-known fact, but Korea has a really great variety of seriously delicious food. The most commonly thought of foods from Korea are likely kimchi and Korean barbecue, but there is oh, so much more.       Lets start with something basic: banchan. Banchan are the side dishes […]

Seoul Must See – Part 2

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  Itaewon Itaewon is what is known as the Foreigners’ District. It has one main street and a few side streets lined with dozens of foreign restaurants (principally Turkish and American I believe), bars, souvenir shops and coffee shops. It is commonly on must see lists of Seoul, but I don’t agree with that if […]

Seoul Must See – Part 1

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I thought I’d lay out my personal list of “must see” attractions in Seoul for you all to learn about. I’m not sure how many parts this will be, but there is definitely more to come! N Seoul Tower N Seoul Tower (also known as the Namsan Tower or Seoul Tower) is a tower atop […]