Student Spotlight: Senior Scholar-Athlete Joey Boylston

Joey Boylston Balances Engineering Excellence and Athletic Grit

After excelling in his high school STEM classes and realizing his childhood love for Lego building could translate into a career, Joey Boylston decided to trade his coastal town of Charleston, South Carolina for the towering Wasatch Front to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at The University of Utah, where he’s currently a senior focusing on Construction Engineering.

Yet the rigorous curriculum required in an engineering degree hasn’t been Joey’s only challenge—he’s also the team captain of the U’s men’s lacrosse team.

Facing his final lacrosse season this coming spring, Joey reflects on his time as a Civil Engineering major and his role as the men’s lacrosse team captain, recognizing how these dual roles helped forge his discipline both in the field and the classroom.

“Being an Engineering Major and student athlete definitely comes with its challenges,” Joey reflects. Not to mention being a 3-year starter and captain of a Division 1 team. Yet Joey also said he wouldn’t trade the early mornings and late nights for anything, noting how his career in athletics impacted his work as student, and vice versa.

“Both require an immense amount of hard work and self-motivation,” Joey said. “And the hard work I have had to put in on the field has had to translate to the classroom as well.”

Approaching his final lacrosse season, Joey aims to specialize in Construction or Structural Engineering after he graduates, with aspirations to establish his own company. He holds a deep appreciation for the mentorship of Dr. Christian Brockman, who fueled his passion for and expertise in Construction Engineering.

Scheduled to graduate in December 2024, Joey plans to remain in Utah for the foreseeable future, though he hasn’t ruled out a return to his native South Carolina. Catch him on the field this spring or at graduation in December 2024!

Joey on the field with his mother.

Joey teaching a lacrosse summer camp.