"Every challenge is for a reason": UOG alum comes home to practice law
The magna cum laude alumnus initially taught English to 9th-grade students at Okkodo High School.
“I chose to pursue a degree in education because I came from a long line of teachers, and so it made sense to me that I become a teacher as well,” Aguon said. “I was very passionate about teaching because I have always enjoyed helping students reach their fullest potential.”
But when COVID hit, Aguon paused his teaching career. He decided to shift to law school and attended Seattle University School of Law.
Today, he’s back home, in Guam, with a newly minted Juris Doctorate degree. He graduated in May 2023 and is a bar exam result away from practicing law.
He hopes to start his law career as an associate attorney at the Arriola Law Firm.
He also aspires to be a mentor to future aspiring law school students from Guam.
“My long-term goals include eventually starting my own law firm and establishing a system that can allow aspiring lawyers access to essential information related to studying for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), applying to law schools, etc.,” he said.
Mentoring others is his way of showing appreciation to those who helped guide him through his academic path at UOG.
“My UOG mentors really encouraged me to push the boundaries and to go after all the things I wanted and more!” Aguon said.
His main UOG mentors were Dr. Michelle Santos at the School of Education and Dr. Christopher Garcia at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Before he left Guam for law school, Aguon was active in the local theater scene.
He was part of “Mulan Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid" in high school, and performed in popular hit musicals in Guam such as “Miss Saigon” in 2016, “RENT” in 2018, and “Mamma Mia!” in 2019.
He believes his theater experience will help him in the legal arena.
“Essentially, both involve sharing your story and convincing the audience to believe your story,” Aguon said.
For UOG students who are experiencing struggles, Aguon shared that the years of sacrifice to stay in college until they graduate will pay off for the rest of their lives.
“Every challenge is for a reason,” he said. “They may not recognize what that reason is right now, but they will years down the line."
“Finally, one thing that always got me through every challenge in school was something that my dad always told me: ‘They can take away your car, and they can take away your house; however, nobody can ever take away your education.’"
“It is this exact quote that got me through law school when I felt that I could not do it, and I am standing here today as a first-generation lawyer,” Aguon said.