Thursday, October 20, 2016

Music.

Hello again!

In my last post I talked about my culture and how it has shaped who I am today. Delving further into the topic, one particular area of culture that has greatly and genuinely had an impact on me is music. Much like other aspects of life, music interests grow and develop. You undergo different phases of harmonic taste and it never stops changing. The beautiful thing is, though, that you're not necessarily replacing old preferences, but adding on to them. The older you grow the more experienced you become, the more layers you attain. Music taste for me has grown into something I would have never imagined; a true concoction of the wildest, most different genres that are out there. It is one of the many gateways into expanding your knowledge of the world. It teaches one to be respectful and to always be willing to try something new, which are very valuable assets to have in life. Personally, one big goal of mine has always been to encompass as much musical diversity as possible. I have shifted gears more than once in these past couple of years, and that has only added to the variety. What once was a 13 year old kid taking part in the pop punk and alternative scene (bizzare, I know), has transformed into the epitome of what I once thought were the people with the worst music taste. I now listen to Chance the Rapper, Kodak Black, and Childish Gambino, the complete opposites of my previous preferences. My roots haven't changed in the sense that I am able to enjoy a greater variety of music now, but my mentality has in the sense that I am much more respectful and open to other types of it. I have been able to grow as a person and connect with others on higher levels because of music and I can say without a doubt that I would not be the person I am today without it.
Chance the Rapper

List of artists:

- Chance the Rapper
- 21 Savage
- Kodak Black
- Childish Gambino
- Kendrick Lamar
- J. Cole
- Arctic Monkeys
- La Dispute
- Real Friends
- Modern Baseball
- The Front Bottoms

Thursday, September 15, 2016

We have all have things that make us unique, for me it's always been my culture. Since I'm an immigrant from a foreign country, adapting to the new life here was somewhat difficult. Chilean and American culture contrast in so many ways that my parents had no clue how they wanted to raise me. They weren't sure if they were willing to potentially risk me losing my own native traditions in exchange for new American habits. As more and more time passed, they realized I didn't necessarily have to pick one over the other, I could live both. Going to school and interacting with my friends and teachers in English, then quickly transitioning to the much more lively and energetic ways of Hispanic life at home was exhausting. Since my parents didn't want me to lose the language, Spanish was the only thing we spoke at my house. Because of this, there were plenty of awkward scenarios when I would go home and tell them a joke a friend had made only to find the most puzzled look on their faces. This taught me the lesson that not all things can be translated; Americans have ways of communicating that Chileans could not comprehend, and vice versa. For the most part, living this double life was, and still is, perfectly manageable, but every now and then I wonder if my parents and I would share a closer bond if we had grown up the same way.
Hi! I'm Agustin, I'm 15 years old, and attend Fortuna High School. My upbringing heavily involved sports and physical exertion. Growing up I always focused on soccer, but the more and more I immersed myself in other activities, I began to obtain other passions. As of now, my primary interest is running. I competed in my schools track team last year and my love for the sport has only grown since then. I particularly enjoy trail running, but during track I took part in the 1600m and the 3200m races. One of my biggest idols is from Morocco. Hicham el Guerrouj, the 1500m world record holder, is my biggest motivator when it comes to racing that distance. I'm currently beginning my first ever cross-country season and have my first race on Saturday. I would love to learn more about your culture and what sports intrigue you guys. Feel free to comment while you're listening to my playlist of personal favorites. (Picture is from my Instagram, @aggarcinuno)