Fernanda Bustillo Aguero

Fernanda Bustillo Aguero, RTA, Columbia College ‘24

Date Interviewed: July 27, 2023

Introduce yourself!

My name is Fernanda. I'm a rising senior at Columbia College majoring in English and comparative literature.

What drew you to work at F&C?

I took a class with Dr. Lee during my sophomore year and as the director of the program she advertised it to our entire class and said that if anybody was interested they should apply. I thought the program was really well structured and that it was an interesting opportunity to develop my own teaching skills and extend my own views on philosophy and education.

What is your favorite part of the program?

My favorite part of the program is getting to know all of the students. I think by the end of F&C, especially it being my second summer doing it, getting to know so many people with such bright futures is really exciting.

What is your favorite reading in the program and why?

My favorite reading in the program is probably The Allegory of the Cave. I think it's probably the most fun to kind of reenact as a lesson, but I find myself thinking a lot about it going through school and going through the world.

What is one piece of advice that you would like to give to F&C students?

One piece of advice I would like to give F&C students is to not take everything so seriously. I think a lot of the time the better things in life come when you relax a little bit, but I know that senior year of high school is incredibly intense and everything feels like it's the biggest decision in the world, so just realizing that living day-by-day sometimes is fun and exciting is also a good way to kind of see life.

What is one fun fact about you?

Today was the first day that I learned I could do a pull-up.