CPP Student Highlight: Vince Velasco

CPP Student Highlight: Vince Velasco


On a mellow Tuesday morning, Vince Velasco, 24, sits on a dark green couch in a strangely empty Bronco Student Center (BSC) as scattered students and a nearby receptionist routinely taking phone calls fill the noiseless air.

Velasco, mild-mannered and not as intimidating as his Instagram username would otherwise suggest (“vicious.vince”), discusses his love for architecture as an urban and regional planning student – “it’s a mixture of architecture and psychology” – in addition to his love for Disneyland as an annual pass holder who once worked in Downtown Disney – “it was a place called Ridemakerz; like a Build-A-Bear but with cars.”

With an active presence at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex (BRIC), we sat down with Velasco and engaged in a Q&A to become better acquainted with the familiar face.

You use the #RechargeCPP hashtag a lot on Instagram. Why do you think students should become more involved with this campaign and the BRIC?
“It provides a mental relief from school and classes and everything like that; it’s gonna help them not only physically, but mentally.”

How do you utilize the BRIC to recharge?
“I really try to get a full variety. I try to take advantage of everything they offer like MMA [Mixed Martial Arts].”

What’s your favorite?
Sports performance.”

What’s your motivation to stay fit on a daily basis?
“It’s the motivation to motivate others that motivates me, if that makes sense.”

Do you have any tips on staying in shape?
“Consistency. No matter how slow or fast you go, just keep doing.”

Where did you grow up?
“Downey.”

How would you describe your personality?
“Outgoing, and yeah. Outgoing.”


What did you want to be as a child?
“Some kind of designer. I started loving architecture and that led me to where my field is now.”

Current aspirations?
“To continue to be a planner; hopefully one day work for a city where I can help change things for the best.”

Favorite food or restaurant?
“Probably American; BJ’s.”

Least favorite food?
“Seafood.”

What kind of music do you listen to?
“A little bit of everything.”

Who was the last artist you listened to?
“Luke Bryan.”

What’s your favorite movie?
“The Breakfast Club.”


What’s the last movie you watched?
“Probably Frozen.”

What’s a television show you’re obsessed with?
“Arrow.”

What’s your favorite place to visit?
“Hearst Castle. It has a lot of architectural designs; kind of what inspired me to get into designing.”

A place you’d like to travel to?
“Italy, because of the historical architecture.”

What are three things you want to do before you die?
“Sky dive, travel the world and secure my parents financially.”

What’s your fondest memory?
“Probably being at Disneyland with my grandparents.”

What’s something that scares you?
“I would say flying, but I want to sky dive and travel the world, so there’s a little conflict there.”


What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
“I’m very good at hula hooping. I keep it low key, though.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you?
“Sometimes I’m quiet, but I’m always approachable. I surprisingly have a lot of good advice.”

What’s your favorite Disneyland attraction?
“Haunted Mansion.”

What’s your least favorite Disneyland attraction?
“Splash Mountain.”

What! Why?
“I’ve always been smaller [in] stature, and [so] I’ve never felt secure on that ride.”

How often do you visit the park?
“At least once or twice a week.”

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“The same second that your mind tells you that you can’t do something, you can easily turn that around into telling yourself that you can.”

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