‘The Cuban Guy’ visits NDSU
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 13:09
The NDSU Equity and Diversity Center organized a talk Sept. 9 by Andres Lara, famously known as “The Cuban Guy.” The talk may have been what many students needed to hear around the time when school starts to get busy and overwhelming.
This event was part of the current Latino Heritage Month events that the EDC is hosting.
“The Cuban Guy,” with all his theatrics and sweet accent, kept the audience engaged and roaring in laughter. Not a dull moment passed the audience by, even when Lara began speaking about his troubled past.
Lara recounted his escape from Cuba at the young age of 16. His voice was calm but determined. He poised the students with messages like OYAA, which stands for “Off Your Anatomy and take Action.”
Lara shared that he went from living on the streets to living a dream only because he was so confident and determined to succeed.
Throughout his speech, Lara commanded the audience and spoke with such authority and clarity that everything he spoke of sounded very possible.
A former major in speech communication and a minor in creative writing from Montclair State University are tools that most would agree Lara has utilized extremely well.
In addition to speaking around the country, Lara is an accomplished author of several international-selling books and reaches out to a million audiences every week in 33 countries.
Lara said the NDSU campus is very warm. Lara also mentioned that he was surprised to see how extremely quiet the students in the Memorial Union were on his arrival.
Following Lara’s speech, his audience left with wide smiles and seemed to exude a newfound confidence.
His stop here was part of a hectic tour schedule, with the next school in queue being in Minneapolis. Yet, for a man who is always traveling, he did not look one bit tired.
Lara is not the type of motivational speaker who stands behind a podium; he is like a minister at Sunday mass. Feet thumping, eyes lit up and a radiant smile on his face while he keeping his audience captivated and charged.