• Admission Counselor Christian Aguilar
Undergraduate Admission

Meet Your Counselor: Christian Aguilar

» Christian Aguilar

Assistant Director of Diversity Initiatives


Christian's Bio

Originally from Los Angeles, Christian graduated from the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University (MN) in 2011 with a degree in Communication. Throughout college, Christian was a four-year soccer player at Saint John’s, Tour Guide, Residential Assistant, and studied abroad in Italy and Greece. After graduating, he spent another year at Saint Ben’s/Saint John’s as an admission counselor traveling extensively in the New York/New Jersey and upper Midwest areas. Christian is extremely excited to be back home in Southern California and representing Chapman.

Advice from Christian

Don’t let the “sticker price” of a college be the determining factor for whether you will apply or not. You should always take things one step at a time. Worry about applying and being admitted first — everything else will come after, like a domino effect. Take things one step at a time and you will do great.

Favorite spot on campus

My favorite spot on campus is probably the Attallah Piazza. It is so beautiful and welcoming, and it reminds me of the Piazzas in Italy. Also, being able to see all the different students that make Chapman University is amazing. I would say the Attallah Piazza is one of our more active areas on campus. Its lively atmosphere is definitely contagious.

Best admission memory

I would say that my best admission memories stem back to when I was a tour guide for my alma mater, Saint Ben’s/Saint John’s. I would define myself as an extrovert (you’ll know this when you meet me), and I enjoy meeting and talking with new people. Being given the opportunity, as a tour guide, to talk with prospective families about my passion for the schools was amazing. Getting students excited about going to college was my favorite part of the job, and to top things off I was getting paid for it.

Best college memory

I have so many great college memories, but the ONE that stands above the rest would have to be studying abroad in fall of senior year. I was given the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy and Athens, Greece, two of the most beautiful and historic places on earth. Being able to travel to places like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, the Vatican, the Uffizi museum, acropolis hill, Cape Sounion, and Sparta — these historical places you only learn about in a history book — was awesome. I am the biggest advocate for studying abroad and would encourage everyone to do it, even if it’s not for an entire semester.

Fast facts

3 words to describe myself: Passionate, genuine and energetic.

Favorite subject: A few: Communication and human theory, psychology, education and Latin studies.

Role model: My father.

Favorite musical performer/band/composer: I love listening to all music. EDM: Calvin Harris, Rap: Eminem, Country: Toby Keith, Alternative: Foster the People, Corridos: Gerardo Ortiz.

Most prized possession: Life. My family and friends.

Favorite summer activities: Beach, bonfire, hiking and watching movies.

Book you would read again: The Mating Game by Pamela C. Regan

Best movies of all time: Classic: North by Northwest, The Graduate. Sci-Fi: Inception, "Star Wars" Saga.

Favorite quote: “Work so you can live, don’t live so you can work” by Anonymous.

Dream job: Marriage counselor.