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.

November 31st, 2019

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Quick update, 2 weeks ago I found a cheap ticket to Peru so I bought it and well, here I am, at a karaoke bar in the Centró Histórico del Cusco en Peru. It is certainly different here, beautiful nevertheless. I recommend that whatever city you visit that you go to a karaoke bar and […]

Protests in Quito

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For those of you who do not know, Quito, Ecuador is experiencing one of the largest protests in its history. I do not want to talk too much about the details of the protest as I do not think it is my place to do so. Instead I will leave a few links below that […]

Writers BLOCK

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As someone who generally enjoys writing being unable to do so is frustrating. Writers block is especially irritating when you have just moved to a new place and there is endless material to write about but the words are just not there. So instead of forcing myself to write words that I do not have […]


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We all have thoughts. The ways in which these thoughts are communicated differ between languages. I find this process fascinating as I attempt to learn a new language because the key is not knowing words, rather, it is about how to convey yourself in a completely different way of thinking. I am no expert in […]

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 […]