Benjamin Barron

I graduated from Wake Forest in 2007 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Economics.  By the fall of my senior year, I recognized that I was not ready to leave behind the debate and discussion of the classroom, which is a testament to the faculty of the Wake Forest Political Science Department and the passion, energy, and intellect they bring to the halls of Tribble each day. With a view to advancing my analytical skills and my knowledge and understanding of US foreign policy, I enrolled at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, where I earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs in May 2009.  Upon completion of my degree, I accepted employment at the Department of the Treasury, where I serve as a License Examining Officer for the Office of Foreign Assets Control and focus on administering our government’s sanctions programs.

As I reflect back on my time at Wake Forest, much stands out with regard to my experiences as a student of political science. I am forever grateful for the support and encouragement of the department’s faculty, which is something that continues to this day. Each professor offered an open door and each classroom offered a forum for study where we were expected to challenge conventional norms and to leave no rock unturned in our quest for knowledge. Furthermore, I will never forget the constant reminders to hit the ground running, maintain a sense of humor, and to never cease asking questions. This is an approach to life and learning that is contagious and I am certain that it will continue to serve me well as I seek to advance my career and other interests in Washington, DC and beyond. [posted January 2011]