Gabe Horvilleur is a junior Engineering Management major at York College of Pennsylvania. Involved in the Hispanic Cultural Society and a brother of Kappa Delta Rho, Gabe is also an international student from Nicaragua!
Gabe is from Managua, Nicaragua which is a country in Central America. When asked about his decision to go to college in North America and specifically YCP, Gabe had to say this, “I received my education in a bilingual school, so I speak both languages fluently. My high school, Lincoln International Academy, sets students up to go study in the United States. I knew of YCP because of my big sister, Christine Horvilleur, who also graduated here. I decided to come here too, because of YCP’s excellent Engineering and Business programs, which are combined in my major. Also, I prefer the smaller school environment. My largest class doesn’t have more than 40 people and I can have a good relationship with my teachers.”
When asked the difficulties of being an exchange student Gabe had to say this. “Growing up with a bilingual education, I do not come across many inconveniences that normal students here don’t have. I have always been very familiar with American culture. There are a few differences between the American and Hispanic culture that I have noted during my time here, but it is not much of a cultural shock. My biggest challenge here is transportation, since I do not own a car in the USA. I rely on friends and Uber to get places. My commute home is about 4 hours on a plane without counting the drive and wait at the airport.”
On the flip side, Gabe has had a positive experience at YCP, including his experience with his fraternity. “While being an international student does give me a little more diversity than the average student at YCP, I do not think it makes my experience here much different. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. I do enjoy talking about my country when people ask me about it. It makes for a good icebreaker when meeting new people.”
Gabe recommends Greek Life to future international students who are unsure about joining. “Coming out to Greek Life is a fantastic way to meet new people. Being alone for the first time in college can be a little intimidating; especially being in a country away from my family. Thankfully I made friends who helped me overcome this. Everyone in Greek Life was so welcoming to me and I found my place in Kappa Delta Rho. My college experience would be a lot less social if I hadn’t decided to join. My friends motivate me to work hard and make me feel as comfortable as if I have lived here my entire life.”
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