Morgan Aguilar, College Student

I’m Morgan Aguilar and I’m a 3rd year student at the University of Colorado. I grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and then picked Colorado to pursue my degree in Broadcast News and ski the rest of the time. I also added a minor of Women’s Studies once I got there and met some amazing people really involved in the feminist movement. One goal I’d love to accomplish soon is to become fluent in spanish! I’d also like to learn to tango and play guitar, and finish reading all of Nicholas Sparks’ books!

What is something that motivates you & why?
My dad motivates me more than anyone or thing. He is incredibly self-motivated and grew up a whole lot less lazy than I am and had to work a lot more for everything he had and has today. He is also the happiest person you’ll ever run into, like all the time. He can turn any situation into a positive one, so he motivates me on a daily basis to be more active and not sit around and watch tv, and on a larger scale he motivates me to look at my life more positively and realize that every situation can be used to better myself.

What is something that inspires you & why?
Oh gosh, so many things inspire me…Country music inspires me. The lyrics are so literal and I can relate to almost all of them in whatever situation they are describing. Amazing athletes inspire me like John Stockton, Lindsey Vonn and Kellen Moore. To me, they are the definition of hard work to acheive a dream. Even being outside inspires me. A good view from the top of a mountain is a quick way to put everything in perspective in my life, and remind me that what may seem like a huge issue to me is such a small part of what’s actually going on in the world.

If you could recommend a movie, website, song, or book for others & their inspiration, what would it be & why?
Honestly I’ve never wanted to get up off the couch and go change the world more than after watching Milk. The main guy in that movie did such amazing things for the gay community that were so dangerous but he was so passionate about it that it didn’t matter. That movie inspired me to be a more active feminist and advocate for all other social justice movements. Feministing.com and Jessica Valenti’s book called Full Frontal Feminism will also probably make you want to join the fun.

What’s one thing you’ve done to Pay-It-Forward?
I think the most important thing I’ve done to Pay-it-Forward would be coaching a 4th grade girls basketball team. One of the girls’ dad was the head coach but had never coached before and didn’t know any drills really and so he asked me as a high school player to come and run practices for him. I remember when I was that age watching the high school girls and just thinking that was exactly what I wanted to be like so it was amazing seeing how much those girls looked up to me and really payed attention to everything I taught them.

Do you have a goal list? If so, what are a few goals you would like to accomplish, small or large? I do have a list. I made it in like 8th grade but its called my “30 things before I’m 30” list. I have no idea why I decided I’d be done at age 30 so I need to change it into a lifetime list, but some things on it are to visit 20 of the 50 states…(i think i’ve been to like 11), go to Argentina is on there which i’m doing in 2 days!!!….see Kenny Chesney in concert…sing at a karaoke bar, swim with dolphins and take a surfing lesson, just to name a few.

Who is your hero & why? This can include anyone.
I don’t know that I have a hero. Like I said, I really look up to my dad, but I’m not sure if I’d say he’s my hero. I guess it’s because I dont really know what makes someone a hero. I’ve never really understood the word. I’m going to go ahead and say I don’t have one.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I am going to be 30 years old, probably married, living just outside Denver on 3 acres with 2 horses and 2 cats. I’ll work in the city for the NBC affiliate 9News as a field reporter, ski with friends on the weekends and take a trip with my husband somewhere at least once a year.

If you could make one wish right now, what would it be?
I would wish that my 4 month trip to Argentina goes without a hitch. That I don’t get mugged, or too horribly lost on the subways, that I make lots of friends and that I pick up speaking spanish quickly.

If you could motivate or inspire someone with one paragraph, what would it say? I would say that you are the only one who controls your emotions and your life. My dad is constantly having to repeat this to me but it really helps to remember it. Nobody else can hurt you, anger you or make you jealous, you are under control of that. We all have the ability to be happy, we just need to figure out what makes us happy and do whatever it takes to get there. I’d also say don’t take anything too seriously. Climb to the top of a mountain and you’ll realize that everything stressful or awful in your life is just a tiny part of what’s going on in the world.

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