Getting to know… John Scalese

Junior Golfer

Junior Golfer

Purvit Patel, Sports Writer

Junior John Scalese from Medford, NY majors in finance at Wilkes along with playing on the men’s golf team.

Q: What was the driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

A: I wanted to escape my hometown and see life from the view of another state.

Q; What do you hope to do with the degree you obtain from Wilkes?

A: As a finance major, I hope to work for an investment firm and manage stock portfolios.

Q: Any predictions for the upcoming season for men’s golf?

A: We almost topped the MAC last year, so we hope to be number this year and bring home the wins for Wilkes.

Q: When/Why did you first begin playing golf?

A: I first started playing seriously  at 13, right before I started high school. Before that I played for fun, but at 13, I started to take golf very seriously, in the attempt to make the high school golf team.

Q: If you had to choose one thing about Wilkes’ golf program that you could improve, what would it be?

A: I wish more students wanted to play golf. It’s a great atmosphere and everyone is so amazing, and all we want is more people to be interested

Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced growing up?

A: When I was 7, I was diagnosed with leukemia. Being so young and not being able to understand the seriousness of my illness, I did not know what was going on and I was scared but through the support of my loved ones, I was able to overcome my cancer in two short years.

Q: A quote you live your life by?

A: “Life is too short to be stressed all the time.” -Tejuss Kakarala

Q: Do you have any advice for the freshman student athletes beginning their freshman seasons and semesters?

A: Love the sport you play, don’t ever let mistakes guide your athletic life.

Q: How do you feel about the changes being made to campus this year? What do you like or dislike?

A: I love the new look this campus has. It has a great inviting image. I hate the loud construction outside my apartment in Towers.

Q: Which Wich or the Old Rifkin, which do you prefer?

A: Which Wich, 100%. I go there more than I eat at the café.