Ithacan Immigrant: Marie Jose
This week’s Ithacan Immigrant features Mary Jose, a native of Costa Rica, who moved to the US with her siblings through family reunification. This fall, she will be leaving the Ithaca area so she can study at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her aspirations include returning to Costa Rica and opening a non-profit for low income people who are diagnosed with cancer. Mary Jose came to ISP to get help applying to become a U.S. citizen. The picture below was taken last week at Tompkins County’s Supreme Court after she received her citizenship certificate.
ISP: Why did you come to US?
I came here to study and have a better future so I can open a non-profit back in Costa Rica.
ISP: Why did you decide to live in Ithaca?
My father decided to live here and I joined him later.
ISP: What was your first impression of Ithaca?
It was beautiful. I came here in the summer and my brother used to take me on bike rides and I remember thinking it was really green.
ISP: What is your favorite American food?
Last year was the first American Thanksgiving that I had so I can say that was my favorite American food.
ISP: Where is your favorite place to shop in Ithaca?
Ithaca Bakery – I like the chicken noodle soup and their French vanilla coffee.
ISP: What is the biggest difference between Ithaca and your home town?
The buildings. I grew up in the city and there were a lot of buildings. Ithaca has a lot of trees. The people in Ithaca are friendlier- people always say good morning and hi. When I first got here, I wondered why people were always saying hi to me.