#WhitmanWatch: Ethan Waltersdorf

Editor’s note: This week’s #WhitmanWatch students are all graduating members of the Whitman School’s social media team. They’ve been blogging for the past several months; this time, they are the featured stories. Whitman thanks them for all their hard work and wishes them well as future alumni of Syracuse University! 

Class of 2016
Majors: Marketing and Public Relations
Hometown: Latham, New York (Albany)
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethan-waltersdorf-06711084
Fun Fact: “One of my pastimes over the summer is cliff jumping, even though I am afraid of heights.”

When Ethan Waltersdorf first visited Syracuse University during Prospective Students’ Day, he was excited about the option of dual majoring. Learning about the dual program between Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications solidified his decision to attend Syracuse. Now a graduating marketing management and public relations dual major, Waltersdorf reflects on his time at Syracuse University and his memorable experiences.

“As an avid sports fan Syracuse making the Final Four both my freshman and senior year was very memorable for me,” said Waltersdorf. “However, Syracuse University was also where I expressed my right to vote for the first time during the 2012 presidential election, a day I will never forget.”

During his four years at Syracuse University, Waltersdorf has served as a communications assistant for the Whitman School and held a marketing and business development internship for Arup Group in New York City. He also interned with the marketing department of Capital District YMCA in Albany, New York and worked with various student organizations.

“Through involvement in many different work, volunteer and professional organizations I was able to meet a wide range of motivated, intelligent and kind students,” said Waltersdorf. “In return, these students challenged me to be a better, well-rounded individual.”

Following graduation, Waltersdorf plans to continue his job search focusing on advertising, marketing and public relations agencies that specialize in strategy and account management. He will miss his friends and the connections he has made but knows that once you are a part of Syracuse University you are Orange forever.

To the incoming class of 2020, Waltersdorf stresses the importance of taking time to be involved in and around campus.

“If you hear about anything on or off campus that you are remotely interested in, take the time to attend or learn more about the event, organization or team,” said Waltersdorf. “My only regrets at Syracuse University are opportunities that I passed on because I thought I did not have the time.”

Arielle Spears