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 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 […]

Preparing for my Second and Last Semester in Canada

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With the New Year, motivation and inspiration are high to keep good habits and build new ones. Upon returning to Canada, I hope to carry the innocent anticipation of greatness into everyday life. I am reluctant to leave my family and friends from home but I look forward to making the most of my last […]

Au Revoir, Quebec

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There will be many things I don’t realize I missed until I come back. For now, I feel ready to go, grateful for the time well spent and excited to return to a place a little more familiar, a little more home.  Over the break, I plan to read in French a bit so that […]

Quebec City Christmas Experience

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Quebec City is known for its authentic German Christmas Market and it’s a spirited celebration of Christmas, the snow covers the rooftops as Christmas lights and red ribbons twirl around the lampposts. As the semester came to a close and I got more pictures of beautiful Quebec, I started to look at my schedule for […]