Helena G.

Junior - Global Business & Political Science
Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Location: Zagreb, Croatia

Interests: Travel, Extreme Sports, Cuisine, Art

Extra Curricular Activities: Skiing, Hiking, PokemonGo

Red or Green? green

She comes and she goes.
She flies and she flows.
She is and she does.
This is all that she was.
— Helena Gates

Favorite Class: International Relations Theory

Favorite Bands: Nicolas Jaar, Earl Sweatshirt, Rihanna, SBTRKT

Why Croatia?
I am particularly interested in learning about Russian language and culture, and Croatia has a good program.

Why is it important to study overseas?
It expands the way one thinks about themselves and the world around them.

What are some of your favorite events in Albuquerque?
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Bike and Brew, the Lavender Festival, Farmers Markets, and the New Mexico State Fair.

What surprised you the most about UNM?
It's big, but its largeness is not intimidating because of how friendly the people are.

Meet Helena G.


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Packing up after one year in another country can be a daunting task, and tedious I might add. If you have never packed for a major trip, in short, there is a lot of folding, suctioning, cramming, sitting, zipping, and lifting involved to get the right size and weight of your suitcase. No thanks to […]

A Spoon Full of June

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Hello June! I can’t believe that my time in Croatia is almost over… In some ways I feel like I have been here for ages, but on the other hand, it feels like yesterday that I was on Croatian soil for the first time. As with any change, the feelings are bittersweet. I am excited […]

Practical Research

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If you are planning a trip abroad anytime in the near future, one of the biggest tips that I wish I had known before I left was to do some practical research on my destination country. Googling “beautiful places Croatia” is perfectly fine and all but it’s just the beginning. What I mean by ‘practical’ […]