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.

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 […]

The Adventure Begins! – Buses, Bikes, and Getting Acquainted

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The last few days have been a whirlwind. From waiting in line at immigration for 3 hours to buying figs and passion fruit at the local supermarche there’s a lot of learning on the fly. I admit to being exhausted, excited, and nervous for classes. Every outing seems to procure a story, but for this […]

Pre-Departure Prep for Montreal – Goodbye Alaska

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My departure date has been an exciting and nerve-wracking prospect approaching all summer. In Alaska working remotely, I made sure to stay busy. Spending the summer well has helped me feel ready to go. Running with my family’s dog, spending lots of time in the wilderness, and lots of time with friends and family. With […]