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Meet Eli Bradley


As a theater and movie buff, Eli intends to major in history and theater. “I’m looking forward to participating in student-run theater through the Anthony Aston Players (AAP), and having the opportunity to try my hand at directing and set design.”

What movie has been influential in your life and why?
Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” incited in me the desire to start reading on my own again, an idea that seemed foreign to me for years. I went on to read many other books that I liked, but none as much as “Song of Solomon,” except maybe John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden.”

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I’d like to live in California in the 1920s, when Los Angeles was a large clump of orange groves and you could take your Model T down to the beach whenever you wanted to. You could live in a little bungalow and experience the formation of Hollywood. It’s a time that encapsulates all the good parts of the “American Dream.”

What are you looking forward to pursing at Wake Forest?
I really enjoy reading and watching different adaptations of theater shows. In the last few years, I’ve been interested in playwriting and have even dabbled in writing my own. I also enjoy reading novels and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

What is it that most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
The idea that I’ll be able to try so many new things that have never even occurred to me and all the opportunities that are going to be presented.

Why are you and Wake Forest a good match?
Wake Forest is a university where I can study multiple subjects and get a world-class education.

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
I’ll probably be a radically different person after four years of living and learning at Wake Forest, so I can’t really begin to grasp what I’ll be thinking.