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.

The End is Nigh!

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I’m at the very end of my exchange now, and I’ve been having a very eventful couple of weeks. Firstly, a couple friends and I got to go see a couple of FIVB qualifier professional volleyball games. We got to see Finland vs. Slovenia(w) and Czech Republic vs. South Korea(w). It was really awesome to […]

한국어를 배우차!

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Let’s Learn About Korean! I don’t believe I’ve ever covered the language of my temporary home in my blog, so here goes. As is normal with languages, Korean was first a spoken language and then much later adopted a writing system. Both the Chinese writing system and Buddhism arrived in Korea around the same time, […]

How is it already mid-May??

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It’s very hard to believe that it is already May, meaning the semester is over at UNM and I only have about a month and a half left in Korea. I’m having very mixed feelings about leaving…Of course, I’m very excited to go home to my family and friends, boyfriend, and most of all my […]

Societal Differences between South Korea and the United States

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Even though I’ve been here for 8 months now, I still experience culture shock every now and then. It’s no secret that eastern cultures are very different from western, and though South Korea has many western influences, it is no exception. One big difference is that South Korea is considered a high-context society, whereas the […]

Spring in Korea

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Spring is the most beautiful and pleasant time of the year almost anywhere, and Korea is not an exception. Spring is also, predictably so, the peak of tourist season. It is essentially when the country comes back to life after the (way too-) long, harsh winter (yes, I’m very New Mexican. It was cold. I […]