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.

My Last Week in Montreal…

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I spent the week seeing the best of Montreal with a friend. Little did I know I would be packing all my belongings into two bags and boarding a plane with a one-way ticket at the end of that week.  The week of exploration felt like a vacation inside this exchange right inside the city. […]

“Reading Week” Reflections – (Or “Spring Break”)

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The last week of February is Concordia’s “winter semester” a week-long break. It does not coincide with any other school’s breaks, different from even the university’s down the street and so I found myself boarding a plane with businesspeople and retirees, one’s unbound to the conventional early March break timing. Here, only the Americans call […]

A Traveler’s Guide to Montreal – Part 2

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Hello, welcome back to the Montreal Traveler’s Guide, this section can be completed on its own or paired with the previous post. In this post, each paragraph is its own adventure and a convenient stepping stone to the next exploration. St. Laurent Street St. Laurent is a street that spans from Old Port all the […]

A Traveler’s Guide to Montreal – Part 1

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For the entire month of January, I bought only two things; groceries and “trips” (defined as transportation and AirBnBs for trips this semester). I was determined to spend less money eating out/buying things. And now, as February begins, I know Montreal better and am inspired by what I learned. I appreciate Montreal more and I […]

Appreciating Montreal Life

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When I arrived in Montreal the first time, everything was magical. After a short time away it is magical again. The snow seems to fall without end. The real, cold, winter weather is upon us and we have spent many days below 0 Fahrenheit. I take the subway more frequently, and the cavernous metro stations […]