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.

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 […]

What the heck is going on in South Korea?

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Recently, South Korea has been a bit of a mess. There is heightened tension with North Korea leading to the decision to implement the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, problems with China because of it, and the impeachment of former president Park Guen Hye. This post will be a bit long, but stick […]

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 […]