International Student Spotlight: Jose Pablo Villa Hidalgo

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International Student Spotlight: Jose Pablo Villa Hidalgo

Jose Pablo Villa Hidalgo

Does your name have a special meaning?
Jose means "God will provide," Pablo means "humble."
Santa Ana, San Jose Province, Costa Rica
Mechanical Engineering
Class Year:
Tell us about yourself:
 Big fan of electronic music, video games, and comic books. Always looking to learn more about the world and internet culture. 
Why did you choose to come to CBU?  And did the Brothers play a huge role in you coming to Memphis?
I am in CBU because I was granted a great opportunity to study outside my country. The Lasallian Brothers had a big impact, it is only through the actions and legacy of Brother Alvaro that I am on this campus.  
What does Lasallian mean to you?
To me, being Lasallian embodies a will to leave an impact wherever you go. This motivation springs from my years in Colegio La Salle (La Salle High School) in San Jose, Costa Rica and has become one of my central goals. 
Do you have a great story to share about the Brothers/Brother back home that inspired you?
There is no particular story, but the Lasallian brothers in my high school were always kind and helpful to the students in the school. 
What are your involvements at CBU or clubs did you join at CBU?
Currently I am mostly involved in the Re-Chartering of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where I serve as the Historian to our Epsilon Sigma chapter. 
What advice do you have for new international students to help them adjust to life in the U.S.? Please be as detailed as possible?
Be open to how different society can be here, the U.S. can be vastly different from many places. Another important thing is to find ways to get around town. Memphis is a very car-centric city and not having a way to get around makes many things difficult. It is also important to approach the faculty with any questions you have; they will do their best to make sure you are doing well in CBU. Lastly, its important to not just socialize with people from your country. CBU is a very diverse campus and there are many things to learn from its multicultural student body. As a final, personal point, I believe it is important to stay up-to-date with the current political happenings. Especially with how unpredictable things have been getting. Don't get caught off guard and be aware of what's going on. 
What do you enjoy most about being an international student at CBU?
I like how diverse CBU is, this campus has many different nationalities, most of which I had not ever interacted with in my home country of Costa Rica.  
If CBU students visited your country, where should they go and why?
Costa Rica has an impressively diverse geography. From its lush rain forests, to the beaches on both coasts. Personally, I think there is a little bit for everyone. Beach enthusiasts will love places like Playa Hermosa or Playa Langosta, San Gerardo de Dota offers the most impressive night skies, and rain forests like Monte Verde will be a new experience for everyone. Pictured is an image of the forest at the outskirts of the Poas volcano. 
What is the name of your favorite restaurant in Memphis?
My favorite restaurant has been Corky's BBQ, simply an experience that cannot be replicated, impeccable barbecue. 
Do you have a hangout spot on campus? Where?
The library is my go-to place, comfortable couches and a stable internet connection. 
What is your favorite class and why?
I've most enjoyed PSYC 105 with Dr. Burke and PHIL 220 with Dr. J. Both teachers put lots of energy and effort to their classes, and I always enjoy them greatly. 
Is there anything else you think the CBU Community needs to know? 

  • Costa Rica: small tropical country above Panama and below Nicaragua, not a US territory.
  • Puerto Rico: Caribbean island, U.S. territory, 2076 km (1290 mi) from Costa Rica. 
  • The metric system is the superior form of units. 
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