If you told me The Cheetah Girls would be the reason I desired to learn about different cultures around the world, Spanish and foreign music, I would have said you were insane.
Beep beep beep, click, beep beep beep click, I raced to be the number one caller of the day into Radio Disney because I knew the top song of that night.
“Hey it’s Ernie D from Radio Disney and you’re the number one caller of the day! Do you know what the top song of the day was?”
"'So What' by P!NK."
“Congratulations, you’ve won three tickets to see The Cheetah Girls live at the Greensboro Coliseum.”
Standing in a crowd of screaming girls, all I remember from the concert — besides everyone but Adrienne Bailon lip-syncing — was her performance of "A La Nanita Nana."
The song is in Spanish and I had no clue what she was saying at that age, but the way she sang was breathtaking, so I knew I had to learn the lyrics.
The next year, my school offered a Spanish class and I jumped at the opportunity. From Argentina to Venezuela, I gained an appreciation for the different cultures and what they had to offer related to fashion, food and music.
When I was applying to college, I sought after schools that offered not only a good education, but also a diverse pool of students from different backgrounds and walks of life.