2014 Recipient of the Matthew Ross Wanetik
The 2014 recipient of the Wanetik Award
is junior Jesse Montes ’15. Like Matt Wanetik, Jesse was a member of
the International Relations Learning Community in his first year here at
Syracuse. Also like Matt, he is combining his major in International
Relations with a major in Political Science and a minor in Global Political
Economy. Jesse recently added a minor in Global Enterprise Technology.
Like Matt, Jesse also studied abroad – Jesse’s choice was Madrid,
Spain. In his interview, Jesse described an adventure he and a friend had
backpacking on their own over a long weekend to find a particular tourist
destination following “El Camino de Santiago” -- and his big grin and
enthusiasm in telling this tale was very reminiscent of Matt.
addition to being a full-time student, Jesse works over 20 hours/week at SU
dining as a student manager. He is from Alta Vista, California, where he
played varsity soccer for his high school team (now he plays intramural), and
is the first in his family to pursue a 4-year college degree. His career
goal is to have any job where he can travel – perhaps international business.