BY AMANDA FELDSTEIN
Javier Anegon, senior, grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay and came to America in Spring 2013 to obtain an education, but stayed true to his Uruguayan roots.
Anegon is majoring in psychology with a minor in entrepreneurship. His plan after Lynn involves graduate school with a major in industrial organizational psychology.
“[I want to study] psychology applied to organizations and relating people with work,” Anegon explained.
Anegon felt coming to America to study would give him great opportunities.
“Back home, college is just going to classes and going back home,” said Anegon.
Another reason for his decision is to learn from different cultures and leave the small country where he comes from.
Anegon is very passionate about Uruguay and explained that it is quite different from the United States.
“The way we are raised is different,” said Anegon. “Uruguay is very expensive so we don’t consume as much. We keep things, we try to get all we can out of things.”
Anegon described the Uruguayan culture as appreciative and interested in world issues since the country is so small.
“The Uruguayan people are very interested about the rest of the world and are critical sometimes in a good sense,” said Anegon. “They question authority and think critically.”
Uruguayans enjoy the simple things and are very independent when it comes to materialism.
“Something important is that our culture is made to enjoy things without any extra goods,” said Anegon. “We can have a good time without this and that.”
Due to the change in society and opportunities when Anegon moved to Florida, he was inclined to change his lifestyle.
“Back home I wasn’t involved civically [and at Lynn] I am on student government,” said Anegon. “I wasn’t involved with the community. I left many things back home, which they helped me take advantage of Lynn and what the US has to offer.”
Although Anegon is happy with his decision to come to America, after he finishes his studies and establishes his career, he plans to move back home to Montevideo.
Anegon enjoys the fact that he can be himself at Lynn due to the diverse culture. He has made a lot of friends and feels very safe in Boca.
Look out for Anegon on the tennis court representing the Fighting Knights.