Zucel Aguilar - Hispanohablante

Name: Zucel Aguilar - Admission Counselor - ¿Necesita información en español?

Email: aguilaramaya@gonzaga.edu  
Phone: 800.322.2584, extension 6576 - or - 509.313.6576

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Degree:  B.A. History, Political Science minor - Gonzaga University

Territories: California (north bay, east bay, central valley, Sacramento, and everything north), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Washington (east of the Cascades and south of I-90), and Wisconsin

Why are you in admissions at Gonzaga?

The first day I visited Gonzaga as a prospective student. I loved It so much, I did not want to leave it. I also wanted to show people the opportunities that Gonzaga could offer them. As a first-generation college student I wanted to make sure people know that a university as prestigious as Gonzaga is accessible to them. I had an amazing experience with the admission counselor that helped me transition into the Gonzaga community and I really wanted to be that resource for someone else as that counselor was for me.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the little amphitheater that faces Lake Arthur. The sight is beautiful and it changes with the seasons and it a really beautiful thing to admire. The campus itself is gorgeous and has really fun places to hangout but the amphitheater by Lake Arthur is by far my favorite.  

What is your favorite thing to do in Spokane?

I love going downtown. I spent a lot of time in and around downtown during my undergrad. It’s great because of how close it is to campus, the different restaurants , and the beautiful scenery it has to offer. I would often go downtown for a movie, walk around and look for a good restaurant to explore more of downtown. Another great thing about downtown is Riverfront Park. There are a lot of really fun activities, like the SkyRide and the Looff Carrousel.

What is one piece of advice you have for prospective students?

Don’t feel like you’re a burden because you’re asking a lot questions! The application process itself seems daunting enough so you do not have to feel bad that you’re emailing or calling with questions. We are here to help you. Another good idea to keep in mind is to have a calendar dedicated to college deadlines. Include application, FAFSA, scholarship,  ACT and SAT deadlines. This will help you keep organized with the many important dates that occur in the college application process.