Introducing our Student of the Week: Jose Andres Gonzalez!
My name is Jose Andres Gonzalez, and I am currently a junior in The Hotel School at Cornell University. I am pursuing a degree in hospitality, but working in tech consulting this upcoming summer. A couple of my hobbies and interests are traveling, CrossFit, and boxing. At Cornell I am a Hotel School Ambassador and an analyst for the Cornell International Business Association.
Where are you from, where do you go to school and if you could live anywhere in the world; where would you live?
If I could live anywhere in the world I would live somewhere on the coast of Italy.
What’s something nobody knows about you?
I tried learning the trumpet my freshman year of high school, but I was so bad I had to quit. Shout out to all the musically talented people out there!
What is your major? How do you think attending Temple Rome this semester will help further your professional goals?
As a Business Hospitality major, one my main roles are being able to understand and communicate with people across cultures. One of the perks of attending Temple Rome has been taking the combined Italian class from Monday through Thursday for 2 hours a day. As a native Spanish and English speaker, I had always been greatly interested in learning a third language. Through the combined Italian course, I have been exposed to reading, speaking, and writing the Italian language. Although I am not fluent, this has been the start to my journey of learning a new language.
Rome is an ancient city filled with many secrets. What is your favorite hidden gem spot you’ve found in Rome or here at TUR? (study spot, park, favorite restaurant, anything!)
My favorite hidden gem in Rome is Parco degli Acquedotti.
What would like to accomplish by the end of the semester here at TUR?
I would definitely like to keep immersing myself in Italian culture and discover more hidden gems around Rome!
What is your favorite class you’re taking this semester, and why? What are you most excited to learn about?
I decided to step out of my comfort zone and take an International Cinema course with Professor Ponce de Leon, and it is definitely my favorite class! The professor does an amazing job at helping students gain a different perspective of Europe through a cinematic lens. I have learned a lot about cultures across Europe, as well as historical movements that have shaped Italy.
What advice would you give to students thinking about attending Temple Rome in the future?
Step out of your comfort zone! Take classes you are not used to taking at your home institutions. TUR students are extremely open to making friends. The best way to learn how to speak Italian is by making local friends and/or befriending your Italian tutors. Attending Temple Rome to study abroad was the best decision and I encourage everyone to do so!