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.

Day 13 of COVID-19 Mandatory Isolation

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Is it just me or has March lasted 6 months? We are on day 13 of mandatory isolation and I am feeling the sadness creep in. I am not usually one to cry myself to sleep but there is this beautiful mountain outside my window and every time I look at it, I think, I […]

Dealing With Loss

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We all experience some type of loss in our lifetimes. Some will experience it more than others. Dealing with loss varies from person to person making it a very difficult and very personal experience. This past weekend I experienced a form of loss one of which I had never experienced before. In my experience the […]

Feeling Motivated

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These days it is rare that I wake up feeling motivated to do school work. Lately I wake up feeling tired, and then hungry, and then tired again slogging through my duties, and then ending the day with a reward for not completely doing nothing. Everyone is dealing with isolation and social distancing differently, and […]

A Weekend Stateside

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Sometimes I forget what a complete shock it is to go back to the U.S. after having been away for any significant amount of time. This past weekend I flew back to Florida just for the weekend to spend some time with my family. I was happy to be back in the U.S. for a […]


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Since I have been back in Ecuador I have begun to appreciate the way people drive here compared to Cusco. No offense wonderful Cusqueños! Everywhere you go in the world traffic is different, the lights and times are different, etiquette is different, the rules are different, and the way people interact with those rules are […]