Seth Olson

Class of 2009
Major/Minor: Economics, Political Science

For Seth Olson, life at Washington College has been one great adventure.

Rock climbing? Check. Sailing in regattas up and down the East Coast? Check. Study abroad? Yep, he’s done that, too.

Majoring in political science and economics, Seth spent a semester at Monash University in Australia, where he took courses in Australian politics and history. Not only did he travel around the continent, he also took to the sea. A member of the varsity sailing team at WC, Seth became involved with the Royal Victoria Yachting Club in Australia.

“I was able to get on a racing sailboat down there as a crewmember,” he said. “I did that almost every weekend. We won one regatta and finishing among the top ten in others,” he said.

For Seth, a Connecticut native who grew up sailing, it was important to find a college on the water.

“The sailing team was the first thing that put Washington on my radar,” he said. And as captain, Seth helped lead the varsity squad to its first ICSA/Gill Coed Dingy National Championship appearance.

In four years at WC, Seth took advantage of many of the other opportunities the school offers.

“Students have a large influence on what happens on-campus,” said Seth, who helped found the Wilderness Adventure Club. In addition to sponsoring fun, community-building activities like rock-climbing and paintball tournaments, the organization was instrumental in establishing a course in outdoor leadership.

An Eagle Scout who dreams of sailing around the world someday, Seth said Washington College has given him the skills necessary for success.

“The school helped me sharpen my writing abilities, which will be an incredibly useful tool no matter which career path I go down. My college experience has also encouraged me to take on a lot of responsibility and independence, which has helped build my self-confidence,” he said.

The 2009 recipient of the Davy H. McCall Award in Economics, Seth is currently a Fund Services Associate for Bridgewater Associates, LP, a premier institutional asset manager. Prior to starting with Bridgewater, Seth worked on a Virginia House of Delegates race and with the U.S. Census Bureau Office in New Haven, CT.

He is also continuing his sailing career, actively racing with two national competitive keel boat programs.