Look At Me Now
Blogger: Enrique Aguilar
Hey guys, it's Enrique again! I don't expect you to know my name just yet...oh and yes, I am using another song title for my blog. After submitting my last blog post I realized that I had not mentioned one of the most important things in my life: music! A week before coming to Oxy I decided to clean my entire room, including the closet (where everything on my floor is hidden), and came across some VHS videos. I felt like if I was a scientist who just discovered fossils in some exotic place in the world because I could not remember the last time I had seen a VHS. Anyway, I yelled to get my mom’s attention and as soon as she ran into my room I asked her to lead me to the nearest VHS player. The first thing I see is little-Enrique (cue the AWWWs) walking around in nothing but my diapers and one of my dad’s shoes. Soon after, Selena Quintanilla’s “Como La Flor” starts playing and I immediately start to dance and sing along. So, instead of telling y’all that I’ve been singing since I was in my mother’s womb, I’m going to say that it was at about two years old when I found my passion. Recalling this moment also helped me realize that I want to either minor or major in Music at Oxy.
As the end of the semester is approaching I am starting to think about my interests and what I want to do here at Oxy. Prior to coming, I was pretty set on majoring in Psychology, however now that I took a psychology class I decided that it is not something I would want to pursue as a career (it’s an amazing class though!). As of right now, I’m thinking of double majoring in Music and Critical Theories and Social Justice. Wish me luck!
On another note, I FINALLY went to the LA Zoo. I know what you’re thinking, “why does this college kid want to go to the zoo? How old is he?” Let me tell you something, you are never too old to go to the zoo…well, unless you start yelling “WOAH” every time an animal moves and even the kids start looking at you weird. I went with my Organisms on Earth class to make observations of a specific species that we individually chose prior to the trip. The species I chose was the Crested Capuchin. Our lab consisted of making observations every 30 seconds and writing down everything we saw. I thought this lab would be too easy, but let me tell you that those monkeys were moving way too fast and I couldn’t keep up with them. Nonetheless, I had a great time.
Later that day I went to heaven, otherwise known as The Americana. I’ve made it a habit to go to The Americana because I always feel like I am at the second happiest place on earth, right after Disneyland. My friends and I started off the afternoon by getting a delicious milkshake at the Jewel City Diner (give me a second while I clean the saliva on my keyboard). We then walked around Barnes & Noble, and finally spent a couple minutes staring at the long line of Hello Kitty lovers outside of H&M, wondering why they were torturing themselves in the cold weather. Yesterday I went back to heaven to watch Wreck-It-Ralph with a couple of other Oxy students. Whoever hasn’t seen this movie yet needs to start planning their trip to the movies ASAP.
It’s crazy to think that I am living the life that I wished for since I was a little nugget. I have yet to be homesick because I am starting to feel as though California, specifically Oxy, is my new home. I’m only roughly three months into my Oxy career and have loved every second of it. I remember hearing a lot of people saying that I was crazy and setting my hat where I couldn’t reach it, and I have to say is: look at me now.