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Seth Gannon

Job Title: Center for Strategic and International Studies

Current City: Washington, DC

Seth Gannon (at left in above photo) and teammate Alex Lamballe concluded a history making debate career in April when they finished second at the National Debate Tournament, a year after winning the national championship.


What are your plans after graduation?

I’m working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., for at least a year, and then pursuing more school of some sort.

Did your plans change over the last four years?

I wasn’t sure when I arrived what I wanted to major in, and I was glad to have the opportunity to take classes in many different interesting areas. By the end of my sophomore year, interest in English and exposure to Dr. Franco and other great professors in that department made the choice easy.

How have you grown during the last four years?

In every category in which people can be measured, I am a better person than I was four years ago.

Why did you choose Wake Forest?

It’s a great school with a great debate team, and one visit had me absolutely sold.

What was your most meaningful extra-curricular experience?

Four years on the Wake debate team has been an incredible opportunity to compete and succeed, working with some of the smartest and most driven people on campus.

Who has influenced you most?

This may be the hardest question for me. There have been so many great influences here — friends, teammates, coaches, professors — that choosing one is nearly impossible. To name one of the most deserving, though, Dr. (Al) Louden, as a professor and as the director of debate for much of my time here, has proven to me time and again that one person can be brilliant, entertaining, patient, helpful and endlessly kind, both as a teacher and as a friend.

What’s your favorite memory of the last four years?

I don’t think I’ll ever forget rolling the Quad after we won the ACC in football my sophomore year. That … was … awesome.

What will you miss most about Wake Forest?

Waking up and realizing I’m still at Wake and life couldn’t be better.

Words of advice for incoming freshmen

Have fun, go to class, and take things less seriously than they feel at first.