Student Profile: Hunter DeKoninck

Hunter.DeKoninckMajor: Political Science

Minors: Middle East and South Asia Studies and Global Trade and Commerce

Hometown: North Manchester, Ind.

Hunter has lived in several developing countries and says he enjoys engaging in the authentic cultures of the world. He is an avid sailor. “Whether competing or leisurely sailing, nothing is better than the wind in your sails and maneuvering your boat for top speed.” After graduation, Hunter is planning to attend law school to study international law and public policy. What has he learned during his four years at Wake Forest?…”to never sell myself short.”

Why political science?

As a child, a common form of (perceived) punishment was watching Crossfire and Meet the Press with my father. I was forced to watch these shows which, unknowingly, would cultivate a strong interest in politics. Once I got to Wake and met the professors, I knew immediately that I would study political science.

Was there a class you were nervous about taking?

From my first year, I was concerned about the science divisional looming over my head. My senior year, since I wanted to graduate, I signed up for astronomy to fulfill the requirement. Once in the class I had a blast studying and learning about the science in the universe. If only political science had a place in the study of the cosmos, I would have a fantastic career!

Tell us about a favorite extracurricular activity.

Sophomore year I joined the Wake Forest gospel choir. It was perhaps once of the best decisions I made. This experience really opened me up to diversity on campus, often times claimed not to exist. Nevertheless, as the only white male and standing 6’5”, I stood out like a sore thumb. Yet, I was welcomed, had a blast and found that I have some soul.

Did you study abroad?

The summer between my junior and senior years I was awarded a Richter Scholarship, which funded my independent research in Northern Uganda. There, I studied the rehabilitation of child soldiers as they were reoriented back into society upon return from captivity. Through this research experience, I learned diligence. I was forced to complete my work alone in the country, and the self-reliance this project demanded meant I had to bring passion to my work to get the job done.

Best memory?

I will always remember when Wake Forest beat Duke in a buzzer beater at home, catapulting the Wake Forest name across the nation. This gave the campus an unbelievable sense of pride and honor to attend an institution recognized for its prestige and its athletic performance.

What will you miss once you leave campus?

I will miss the Pit. Rumor has it, when you leave Wake Forest, you still need to eat and the only way this happens is if you cook. So I will miss having Pit-sits with my best friends.

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