Aaron Aguilar, Marketing & Advertising - Olathe
I’m originally from Kansas City, MO, lived there for 18 years of my life. The day I graduated high school I left home. I said, "Hey mom, dad I love you, bye." I had everything planned out with a job and a home beforehand. I just wanted to make sure that I got a home before I started college because I didn’t want to rely on my family. I wanted to be a more independent. I wanted to show them I could do things on my own.
I went to college right after high school, but just a few semesters. I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to go into except for being an art teacher. But that dream got crushed around the time in which most schools were starting to take art programs out of high schools. I was trying to find a way which I could be creative, teach, and make money out of it. But because the industry went down I had to change my mind. After two years in school I stopped going because I didn’t want to put money into anything that wouldn’t be fruitful. So I worked from 2008 in the food industry, retail, call center environments, anything basically just to pay the bills and get things taken care of. After 6 years of doing that I got to the point where "ok I need to do something with my life other than, you know lingering.” I was just trying to find the higher paying positions within my industry. I made the big decision to go back to college for graphic design, which I doing full time now, thank god! I went 3 years at Johnson County Community College and loved it. A lot of the teachers there were very much hands on; they were actually in the industry while teaching us. So we had one-on-one experience with what they were doing out in the field. I realized I can make money doing this and teach, which is one of the things I want to do eventually. Ever since I graduated college I didn’t think that I would ever have the opportunity to be able to do what I love doing on a regular basis as opposed to, you know… just working for tips or punching in the clock. I’ve never in my whole life felt that I would get to this point. It’s not work at all to me. It’s not just a career; it’s almost like a lifestyle. So it’s like I’ve gone full circle and I’m actually happy with my life and what I’m doing. So it takes a while to digest that. Like ok, I’m doing something that I love and I’m getting paid to do it... that’s awesome.
I’m doing something that I love and I’m getting paid to do it... that’s awesome.”
I come from a very diverse cultural background in my family. My mom’s side is Cuban, black, and Hebrew and my dad’s side is Scottish, Irish, and Mexican. So I come from a very cultural family. I can basically celebrate every holiday. I can go into different cultures within my own family and adhere to all of them without losing my identity. My dad’s side of the family is strict Roman Catholic and mom’s side has a little mixture of Judaism, Southern Baptists, and Buddhists. So I come from, not only cultural, but also various religious backgrounds. I'm a very spiritual person more at the end of the day. I think all religion has a good, positive path for everyone.