When a typical five-year-old is asked what they want to be when they grow up, they usually answer a “baseball player” or an “astronaut”. When Skyler was five years old, he said he wanted to be a lawyer. Now, 12 years later, he’s well on his way to achieving just that. Once described by his parents as being “12 going-on 40”, Skyler has always been ahead of his age group in maturity. His high school record shows it.
Skyler was a member of the 11 member IB course at his old high school in Bountiful, Utah. But that’s not the limit of his achievement. He was also the state champion in Lincoln-Douglass debates as a member of his school’s speech and debate team.
Now at DU, he is getting an opportunity to target his interest areas while expanding his experiences and understanding of himself. Not only is he double-majoring in Economics and Socio-Legal Studies, but has also been a member of the school’s Mock Trial Team to help him prepare for graduate studies in law.
He is also getting a chance to learn about himself. Skyler says he has really appreciated the chance to express himself at college, especially his orientation identity. Coming from a very conservative town, he has had to hide a part of his identity much of his life. At college, he is glad that he does not feel the need to hide the fact that he is gay.
Skyler signed up for this class after taking Professor Bateman’s writing class last quarter. He really appreciated that course, as well as the controversial and in-depth material offered by this quarter’s class.