Recognizable Me: Hello class, my name is Walter Kappler. I am 23 years old and am pursuing a degree in Political Science. When I was 20, I took some time off from school and am now returning to finish my degree. I spent the last few years doing internships at a major state political party learning how to run campaigns and a refugee resettlement agency, The African Community Center of Denver, doing case management work. Most of the clients I worked with were from Myanmar, the Horn of Africa and Iraq. I would love to continue working with refugee communities when I graduate.
I was born in Salt Lake City, UT and have lived around different parts of the country. Throughout my life, I have lived in Utah, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Colorado. In the spring of 2017, I am planning to move to the Pacific Northwest near the city of Bellingham, WA with my girlfriend of five years. It is a coastal city located between Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA.
Where I’m Located: Currently, I am living in Stapleton, a small suburb northeast of Denver. Last spring, I received a certification to teach English as a foreign language. When I graduate I hope to travel and teach in Southeast Asia. Myanmar or Indonesia would be my top two choices but any place where I can immerse myself in new cultures would be great! I would love to see most of the world if I am able to.
I spent this summer living in Wenatchee, WA with my uncle, aunt and two cousins and was able to see most of Central Washington. Leavenworth, Cashmere, and Chelan were some of my favorite towns in the area. Wenatchee is a small/mid-sized town with a huge agriculture sector and large migrant population. My aunt does mental health outreach work in the migrant living communities. It was fun to be in such a culturally diverse region. The attached photograph is from a family reunion they hosted earlier this month with the always pleasant Aunt Wendy. This fall, I am volunteering for a couple of candidate campaigns in the Denver area.
What I Want: In taking this course, I am hoping to expand my writing abilities and learn new ways of writing that will help me be successful wherever I land for my career after I graduate. I have always heard how important being a strong writer is wherever I have worked. I was excited to learn that we would be using digital business tools such as LinkedIn and Lynda, which I think will contribute to development of skills necessary to land a job in the 21st century job market.
Where To Find Me: You can find me hunkered down studying for this class and other courses throughout most of the week. On weekends, I enjoy playing golf, visiting one of Denver’s fine breweries, trekking some trails, going on a camping trip or making music with my friends. Since moving to Denver, the five minute access to trailheads is what I’ll miss most about Boulder when I used to attend on-campus courses. The Anne U. White Trail was one of my favorites before the 2013 flood washed it out. It has been under repairs ever since.
This summer, my uncle got me into post-bop jazz artists like Pharoah Sanders, Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. I also watched a documentary that introduced me to Afrobeat music which I am a big fan of now. I love watching movies and some of my favorites are Chinatown, The Conversation, There Will Be Blood, Apocalypse Now and Brazil.