Sandra V.

- Biology/Spanish with minor in Portuguese
Mexico City, Mexico

Study Abroad Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Interests: Traveling, Languages, current events, arts & literature

Extra Curricular Activities: yoga, hiking, being outdoors in general

Red or Green? green

Favorite Class: I’d say just about anything but math

Favorite Bands: Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith,

What are your favorite events on campus?
My favorite events to attend have been the Annual Lectures at the end of the year and all of the guest speakers throughout the semester. Its inspiring to see people’s research come together, specially knowing that some of these projects are coming alive at UNM.

What surprised you the most about UNM?
The one thing that surprised me the most about UNM are the resources available, whether its going to CAPS for tutoring or going to SHAC or taking physical ed classes for mental & physical wellbeing.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when entering UNM?
Its okay to feel overwhelmed and its okay to not know whats going on, there’s always someone who is willing to help, may it be your classmates, professors, clubs or groups around campus.

How do you think study abroad will help you in your professional career?
I think studying abroad will help in my professional career because it was a seized opportunity to be thrown into something completely outside of daily norm, being able to work with different people and having to learn new things.

Meet Sandra V.

How To Be More Green

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With so many things happening in the world at any given time, we forget that the smallest things we do today can deeply affect our future. To be more specific, we forget that we are one world, and that we are destroying it one piece of trash at a time. We pay little attention to […]


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In Portugal, once you have graduated high school, you have a more defined sense of what you want to study and what you want to do with a degree. When you start school at a university, you more than likely start to go to your chosen faculty to follow the career path you want. In […]

First Two Days in Lisbon

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So, I arrived in Lisbon on a Thursday morning at 6 a.m., and that early, even at the airport, I could feel the heat and humidity awaiting outside the doors. By the time I took a taxi to the hostel I was staying at for the first two days, the city had become full of […]

quase, quase

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I remember growing up and hearing people say casi, casi. Which would translate to saying almost, almost. When I hear it in my head in Spanish, it almost has the same hopeful and a cross-your-fingers-as-you-say-it kind of tone as when I’ve heard it growing up. It sounds strange hearing it in English, it doesn’t have the same ring as in […]