Edgar Escutia grew up in Moroleón, Guanajuato and moved to Athens when he was 12. He attended Coile Middle School and will soon graduate from Cedar Shoals High School. While at Cedar Shoals, Edgar participated in Future Farmers of America, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Beta Club and ULead Athens. On the weekends he works with his father doing lawn care. After graduation Edgar will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University on a full ride Dreamer Scholarship, where he will study marketing and business. Edgar lives on the North Side of Athens with his mom Elizabeth Chagoya, dad Omar, little brother Diego and their dog Nico.
What was your favorite class in high school?
There were a lot of classes I enjoyed. Agriculture with Ms. Julie Throne was one of them. It was a really nice class and overall I enjoyed being in it. But, one of my favorite classes was Statistics with Mr. Brandt Hacker, that I was taking this year. It sparked a little curiosity overall for me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do after high school, but that really opened my eyes to marketing and now it is one of the things I am hoping to study. One of my own goals is owning my own business and being an entrepreneur.
When we are not sheltering-in-place, what do you love to do in Athens?
I really love to go out with my friends to different places, like going downtown and going to parks and just to eat or have some fun.
What are you doing with all of your extra free time at home?
Right now, I have been working a lot. So, I have been working most of the week and some of my free time I spend at home I am doing homework. Some other times, just some other personal stuff like cleaning my room up or getting some exercise.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I guess I would go to Europe because the countries are relatively small and you have more of a chance to visit a lot of them, so I could go to Paris, Spain, Italy, etc. Going to Europe would be nice to have different experiences in different places; there is so much variation across the whole continent.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you like to eat?
I think one of the people I would really love to see again would be my grandfather. He passed away a few years ago, and it was really sad because he lived in Mexico and I didn’t see him for a long time after I moved. I saw him last in Chicago, it was pretty nice to have him there for the time that I was with him, but he eventually passed away in Mexico and it was really sad to not be able to see him again or even be able to go to the funeral because we were not able to at the time. My grandfather had an amazing mind and had different ideas all the time so I’d love to talk to him more. And I would love to eat at one of his old restaurants in Mexico and have some kind of seafood, our favorite kind of food overall.
If you could give advice to someone just entering high school, what would you tell them?
I would tell them to really try their hardest and understand that high school is important. Even your freshman year definitely matters. Always try to do your best, but at the same time don’t forget to have fun because high school and overall childhood never comes back. It will hopefully be one of the best times in your life. Try to live a little in the moment before you live in the future because it is something you are really going to wish that you did when you were younger. If you try really hard, and never get time for yourself or never spend time trying to get involved more or have some new friends or new people, it is something you might regret later on. All these memories are something that will always stay with you.
What is your favorite movie or T.V. series?
A really good movie that I like is Inception. And Black Mirror, the television show, is actually one of my favorites.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
There are a lot of different pieces of advice that my dad and my grandfather have given me as well. My dad told me in life sometimes you get crazy opportunities and you are put in positions to make decisions, but you should do what makes you happy. As long as you are happy, it doesn’t necessarily matter what you do. It is just very important that you consider your own happiness first. Also, another was how every time I should always try to experience as much as I can. My grandfather really never wanted my uncles or my dad to work. He kind of wanted to provide for them, but my dad always told me to get a job or get involved in things. You never know what is going to happen. You could have a career or a degree in one thing but you never know where you are going to end up. Any kind of skill you can learn you could end up using. Do simple things around the house, mow lawns, anything like that. You never know….those experiences will always be there for you.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In ten years, I hopefully see myself working at a good company, or even starting to work on a business of my own.
What three words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word “home”?
Family, love and happiness.