Tell alittle bit about yourself?
My name is Helene Góes Williamson. I’m a 17 year old and a senior in high school. I’m Brazilian and American, and I currently live in Florida.
What is your daily inspiration?
I’m inspired by my father. He hasn’t been the best dad ever but he’s had an amazing life and is one of the smartest, most adventurous people I know.
What would you change about the world ?
I think I would want everyone to find a way to accept differences in the world. I’ve lived in Louisiana, Brazil, and Florida. They are all very different places and each feels like a different lifetime. However, I’ve learned that no matter how different skin color, appearance, culture, or traditions may be, people are still people. It amazes me whenever I meet anyone who is prejudice against another race or gender, and I wish everyday that kind of mindset didn’t exist.
What is a life lesson you would give others?
To always be open minded and never have expectations for anything. You can’t always expect things to be the best and greatest way you want it. Life is crazy and you never know what’s going to happen. So, the best way to approach things is to be willing to accept the strangeness that may be thrown your way. Because although something may be different or uncomfortable, those things are probably going to be the most influential in your character building.
What is something you’ve struggled with?
Lately, I’ve struggled a lot with life decisions. As a senior in high school, I’ve realized my options for next year are a lot bigger than I thought. There’s a number of colleges I can go to. I can take a gap year and travel the world a little. Or I can do something close to home. It’s all so insane, but I’m trying to look inside myself and see what I truly want. Because although there is a lot of pressure, I just want to be happy with myself.
What is a big goal you want to accomplish in life
I really want to become a professional archaeologist. I’ve always loved history and science, and it would be my dream to discover something that could help people better understand themselves. It just fascinates me that the more people learn about the past the greater the future can be.
Do you feel like we can make a difference in the world and why?
I do believe we can make a difference in the world. A lot of people have told me that there’s no point in trying to change people because they can only change themselves. I do agree 100% that people change themselves by their own will power, but I believe that for people to want to change they have to be given a reason. And we can be the voice and the reason that changes people’s minds.