Reuben was the first person in his family to attend college.
Before debate I wasn't too sure what the future held in
store for me. I thought I might end up working in the
construction field like most men in my family. College
wasn't an option. Now I am preparing to graduate from
the University of Denver.
My junior year, a math teacher, tired of my antics in
class, saw underneath the jokes and sarcastic remarks, a student whose only wish was to have his voice heard. She recommended that I attend a DUDL informational meeting.
Debate opened so many doors for me. I learned just as much in debate as I did in the classroom,if not more. Debate gave me the skills to turn my grades around, apply to, and receive theDaniels Fund Scholarship. Four years later I'm on the verge of graduating debt free from theUniversity of Denver. Inspired by the power of words, deliberation, and advocacy, learned in theDUDL, I made it my goal to become not only the first in my family to attend and graduate from college, but from a post graduate institution as well: law school. I was fortunate enough to score
in the 97th percentile on the LSAT, and I'm currently in the process of applying to various top law schools across the country.
The opportunity to participate in debate was crucial to the development of the skills that made that score possible: reading, argument analysis, and critical thinking. In a strange way, I had been preparing for that test since my junior year. Debate leveled the playing field for me. It truly was a life changing activity.
UPDATE: Reuben is currently attending law school at Northwestern University!
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. 2255 East Evans Avenue Suite 406, Denver, CO 80210