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Helena Roland

Helena Roland

Admissions Interviewer



Political Science




West Hartford, Conn.

Why I chose Union

I fell in love with the student body on my first visit to Union and knew I wanted to attend a school with such a close-knit community. Everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly, and almost everyone on campus was wearing some sort of Union apparel. The sense of school pride was so strong that I knew I wanted to be a part of this community. In addition to the amazing professors and strong academics, the people here at Union are some of the most inclusive individuals I’ve ever met. 

Study Abroad: 

Florence, Italy (Spring 2017)


Office of the Attorney General of Connecticut (Summer 2015 and 2016), Office of United States’ Congressman John B. Larson in Washington D.C. (Summer 2017)

Favorite professors:     

Cigdem Cidam (Assistant Professor of Political Science), Michele Angrist (Chair of the Political Science Department), Maritza Osuna (Senior Lecturer in Spanish), William Garcia (Professor of Spanish)               

Favorite classes:    

I love any class that focuses on international policy. I love learning how other countries function differently than the United States. The political science professors that focus on international politics are all incredibly dedicated to their field; most of them have taken sabbaticals to different regions to do extensive research that they can bring back to the classroom. Each professor is so passionate about their experiences that it is extremely hard to not be enthralled with their lectures.         

Favorite activities: 

D3 Women’s Basketball team, Greek life (SDT Sorority), Orientation Advisor for the incoming first-years and hanging out with my friends anywhere on campus in my downtime.

Favorite place on campus:  

Reamer Campus Center. I spend several hours a week there eating with my friends and writing papers in between classes.

Favorite local restaurant: 

Johnny’s (In my opinion, it is the most authentic Italian food in all of New York.)

Favorite food on campus: 

I love a really great turkey sandwich from O3 in Reamer.