Coleen G.

Junior - Civil Engineering
Wasilla, Alaska

Study Abroad Location: Montreal, Canada

Interests: Running, Reading, Biking, Hiking, Sustainability, Cooking

Extra Curricular Activities: Navigators Christian Bible Study, Food Recovery Network, Society of Women Engineers

Red or Green? green

“It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Favorite Class: Introduction to Sustainability (SUST 134)

Favorite Bands: Ben Rector, Johnnyswim, Peter Hollens, Florence and the Machine.

Why Canada?
Canada is a place where I can learn engineering in English and still learn French by emersion, I am also interested in learning how another country with a lot in common with the US approaches sustainability issues.

What is the most important thing you’re taking aboard and why?
My sense of adventure because almost everything else can be purchased.

What are you looking forward to most about studying abroad?
I am looking most forward to learning French and being near so much water.

If you could go back to and give your freshman self some advice, what would that be?
Spend time with the people that make you see the best in life.

Meet Coleen G.

Happy Halloween From Quebec

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BOOOOOOOooooooOOOoooo happy Halloween! Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. When I was younger Halloween was a family event. We never focused on gore or fear for the holiday but rather the festivity of pumpkins and the nights getting longer. For many years, my family has made a collective effort to come up […]

Thanksgiving in Canada and Homesickness

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After a week of visitors and a Canadian Thanksgiving, I sat in front of my computer and settled in to study for midterms. I am happy to have something to keep me focused on why I am here.  Starting the week off with being invited to a Thanksgiving with some friends I had made from […]

Sustainability On Campus – Concordia University, Montreal

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I have been paying close attention to sustainability at the Concordia campus. I will continue to learn about how Concordia University operates but given that this is “Sustainable Action Week” at Concordia, as well as a week of climate marches around the world, I thought this was a timely moment for a blog about the […]

Settling In – Montreal Daily Life

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Now that the shock of the first two weeks are over I am starting to find a rhythm and find my favorite spots. I am trying to orient my free and study times around getting to know the city. One thing I have been struck with while I am here is that there is no […]

A Week in Montreal

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The first week of classes and of living in Montreal is in the books! It has been a wild week. I kept track of surprising moments and noted subtle cultural differences but already things are starting to feel less foreign. I have familiarized myself with the school and the shops surrounding my small neighborhood. I […]