José Pool Sierra
Hometown: Tulum, Mexico
Major: Business Administration Finance and Economy
Languages: French, Spanish, English
Hobbies: Photography, filming, exploring, swimming, and skydiving
Biography: I was born in Oxkutzcab, a small village in the state of Yucatan in Mexico. When I was four years old, my family decided to move to Tulum, a town located in the state of Quintana Roo. I have lived and raised in this place, almost my entire life. Many people call this place a paradise, a place of vacation, I just call it home. I love to swim in the beautiful blue turquoise beaches of the Caribbean, natural pools known as cenotes and really enjoy eating the delicious the food.
I always try to do and experience things I’ve never done before, things that encourage me to keep going, no worrying about what other people say, but creating and doing something unique, something out of the ordinary. I always had the desire to study abroad, in my last year of high school, I spent six months in Alberta, Canada. Where I had the chance to meet many people and get to know another culture different than mine. After finishing high school, I had very clear in mind to study abroad but, this time in the U.S.
Then I visited my family in Portland for a couple of weeks, and guess what? It was in the summer! Everything was green, sunny and perfect. I really liked Portland and that’s why I decided to study here, in my research for Universities, I found Portland State and I decided to give it a try, after a year spent here. I can say I have found one of the best universities in the world. I am currently studying Business Administration in Finance and a potential double major in Economy and Public Relations. My goal is to graduate from Portland State in 4 years and come back to my home country where I will create my own firm and business in the hospitality and real estate sector.
As a member of ICSP, I would like meet more people, from different cultures, traditions and backgrounds, also I hope to contribute by sharing my Mexican heritage with others. As I am thankful for attending PSU and getting a degree which will help me to achieve my goals for the future.