Jonah Helwig

Jonah Helwig

Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (SPREES)

Jonah is a double major in SPREES and history. His senior research paper focused on cultural diplomacy, the space race, and (mis)representations of astronauts. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the Vmeste Student Union (formerly the SPREES Russian Club), and the Stetson Honor System Council. Jonah won an Evans Johnson award from the History Department to research stateside, and a Diane M. Disney scholarship for his fall 2021 semester in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he not only studied Russian, but also worked with a local professor on his project. Very few students complete senior research while abroad, but Jonah did so with aplomb, even having an advising consultation from a beach in Odesa.

But Jonah fell in love with Ukraine earlier, in Spring 2020, when he did his first study abroad semester and was—in his words—the last man standing in Kyiv after the onset of COVID-19, refusing to return home until his family, Stetson’s WORLD office, and his professors all demanded he leave. And Jonah fell in love with Eastern Europe the summer before, in 2019, when he won an award from SPREES to pursue a summer program in Warsaw, Poland.

In his time at Stetson, he has truly become a global citizen. The world, especially the Eastern European world, needs thoughtful global citizens now, and we look forward to hearing about Jonah’s contribution.