Aaron Chagoya

SBGE student Aaron

What is your current major and why did you choose it?

I am majoring in Economics with a concentration in Business Analysis. I chose to major in economics because I view it as the science of decision making which I attribute to stewardship. We all have resources whether that be time, financial support, or talent, and I believe that economic study equips us to view the world as a place with rich opportunity to cultivate a better world today.

Why did you choose to study at Seattle Pacific University?

I chose to study at Seattle Pacific University for a few reasons. The location is pretty great and knew I wanted to be in a fast-paced, diverse environment such as Seattle. I believed that going to a Christian university would be helpful in developing my character and expanding my worldview. SPU is also a 90-minute drive away from my family, so I can visit them on weekends whenever I'm free!

What challenges have you had to overcome as a first generation college student and how have you faced them?

One of the challenges that I didn't expect to handle as a first generation college student is the importance of diving deeper into the educational experience which goes beyond the classroom. My mother only finished the 8th grade and my father wasn't in the picture growing up. I have had to look for other role models to teach me how to learn, ask better questions, prioritize my values and manage my time better. My biggest supporter was my academic advisor who agreed to meet with me every week for a time to help me stay on track with my goals and focused on my priorities.

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