“When I enrolled at the University of Utah, I declared my major right away as political science. I have always had a passion for learning history and for learning the law. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and I thought studying political science would be the best route for that.
I never planned on coming to the U. But when I received the Utah Jazz Scholarship and could go anywhere in Utah at no cost to myself, I decided I wanted to go to the best school in the state.
One of my favorite parts of being at the U is the friendships I have made. Southern Utah is a small community where you know everyone and people often come from similar backgrounds. Here at the U, I have met people from all types of backgrounds, and I have gained a greater understanding of people. As I get to know other people’s stories, I feel more grateful for all of my parents’ hard work. I am also grateful to the U because being here I have met some of my best buddies, who are there when I need them and support me.
My professors have been my other favorite part of the U. I am learning from professors who are at the top of their field and have successful career backgrounds. They know what they are saying. This extends to the U’s alumni network as well. Both inside and outside of the state of Utah, the U has alumni doing amazing things. I know in a few years when I finish law school and am applying for my first job, U alumni will be able to help me make essential connections.
I also really love joining clubs and getting involved at the school. I joined student government, and now my buddies and I are starting a club. The U really gives people the tools to do whatever they want, and it is up to individuals to take those tools and run with it. If you do that, you can have a really great experience. Twenty or 30 years down the line, I think I will look back and say being a student at the Univesity of Utah was one of the best times of my life.”
— Sergio Vasquez, Utah Jazz Scholar and junior in political science