If you passed Eyren Uggenti in the hallway, you might think that he has nice facial hair – in which case you would be right – but he’s more than just a beard, he’s a hip-hop artist releasing a music video about Langara.
When Uggenti, a business student, was asked to rap at the Langara Social Club’s Culture Shock talent show last year, he performed his song Where I Wanna be (Langara).
Afterward, he decided to go the extra mile and film a video for the song to showcase the school and foster the sense of community at Langara.
“The song was derived from my experience, at the time, with the school and the things I was perceiving and the things that were resonating with me . . . it really comes out in the lyrics,” Uggenti said. “It’s a very positive song.”
Active on campus
Uggenti is highly involved in the Langara community and an active member of the Langara Social Club.
The reason for Uggenti’s ambition is simple – he loves being at Langara.
“I measure my success quite simply,” Uggenti said. “Happiness . . . and actually, the school provides that. Rarely am I here and I’m unhappy.”
A leader at Langara
Uggenti has also done a lot for the school through volunteer work and extracurricular activities, and grown personally in the process, said Megan Richardson, VOLT volunteer program coordinator.
“He’s emerged as a leader,” she said. “I think he’s always had that in him, but I think the more he’s been involved with things the more he’s started to realize himself.”
If you’re curious about Uggenti’s music, he regularly posts mix tapes on his Bandcamp page and will release the video for Where I Wanna Be (Langara) on YouTube soon.
Reported by David La Riviere