Helena G.

Senior - Political Science, Spanish and Honors Interdisciplinary: Liberal Arts
Albuquerque, N.M.

Study Abroad Location: Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia

Interests: Eating, biking, traveling, skiing, dancing, laughing

Extra Curricular Activities: Watching T.V.

Red or Green? red

“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: Honors Post War Studies: Yugoslavia

Favorite Bands: Nicolas Jaar, THEY.

Why Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia?
I would like to learn Spanish and live somewhere I’ve never lived before.

What is the most important thing you’re taking aboard and why?
Hydrogen peroxide. It cures all and gets stains out of clothes.

What are you looking forward to most about studying abroad?
The food and learning more about each place that I visit.

If you could go back to and give your freshman self some advice, what would that be?
Just relax.

Meet Helena G.

One Year Later

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I have been in Ecuador for one week and it feels like I have been here for a year, minus the language skills that come with living somewhere for an extended period of time. I am beginning to settle in: I found my school, I can get around my neighborhood without getting lost, I am […]

Furiously Packing

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I’m leaving tomorrow. I need to call the bank and give them travel notice. I need to fit an entire years worth of clothes in a fifty pound bag. Clothes that span the climates of three countries. I’m hungry. Boarding pass. where is my passport? FGhJFNSb765432hcb!*&^%$#@!mz.n……. I don’t know about everyone else but I do […]


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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 […]