Student-Athlete Spotlight

Emmy Friedler, C'18 - Volleyball

1. Name: Emmy Friedler

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Volleyball

4. Position: Libero

5. Why did you choose Penn?
Early in the recruiting process, I realized it was my dream to play Ivy League volleyball, as the conference combines the sport I love with world-class academics.  After visiting Penn before my junior year, I knew I had found my home. The team was the closest I had seen, and the girls were truly best friends, which was very important to me. Penn also offered the most impressive facilities of any Ivy League school by a long shot, from our top tier strength and conditioning program to the unique opportunity to call the Historic Palestra my home court.

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Volleyball student-athlete mean to you?
Being a student-athlete at Penn is the greatest thing I have ever done. It was not always easy, and there were highs and lows throughout my experience, but I am so proud to have been a four-year athlete at this school. From Penn Volleyball I have found my best friends and had the privilege of being on a team that is so much more than that – we are a family.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Volleyball student-athlete?
First and foremost, thank you so much for your support. When giving to an organization, it can be difficult to see where your donation goes, but I’d like to assure donors that it directly impacts the experience of the student athletes. Throughout my time at Penn, donations took care of us, proving for hotels, meals, uniforms, and so much more, allowing us to play our best volleyball. It inspires the team to know that we have so many people behind us and rooting for our success. Our program would not be what it is without our donors, so again, thank you.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Volleyball?
Six years ago, I came to Penn on my unofficial visit. On the wall of the locker room was a goal the team had set for that year: Beat Yale. That goal was not reached until my senior year, when we beat Yale at home in five sets. They were in first in the conference, and it was our last shot at them. It was truly the greatest win and moment for our class, and it was not just a win for our team, but for all the players that set that goal years ago. I was so proud of our team that night, and that win will stick with me as a great memory.  

9. What does life after Penn look like?
Starting in September of 2018 I will be joining the Horizons One fellowship program in San Francisco. I will be moving there for two years to learn how to design, code and scale applications and work as a software developer for a high growth technology company. I am excited to take on this next chapter of my life, but I know I will miss my time at Penn.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
Through my time with Penn Volleyball, I have learned the importance of finding ways to contribute no matter what your role is. I went through periods of time where I played every point, to not stepping foot on the court, to everything in between, and the most important thing I learned through those experiences was that you can make an impact no matter what your circumstances are. I learned how to lead and support my teammates from the sidelines or on the court, and I know this will be invaluable when I enter the workplace and will need to add value in all types of roles.