Student-Athlete Spotlight

Imani Solan, W'19 - Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

1. Name: Imani Solan

2. Class Year: 2019

3. Sport: Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

4. Position: Short Sprints 100m 200m 400m

5. Why did you choose Penn?

Obviously the great reputation of the university and the opportunity to attend Wharton, the best undergraduate business program were very attractive but I ultimately chose Penn because of the people. Penn has an extremely welcoming culture and this was evident from the moment I stepped on campus for my official visit. Everyone I met was eager to share their advice, answer any questions I had and highlight the numerous resources the university provides for students. I immediately felt that I could fit in on the team and find success here among my peers.

6. What does being a Penn Track & Field/XC student-athlete mean to you?
To me being a Penn TF student athlete means always being part of something bigger than myself. I balance the studies I am passionate about with the sport I love, and strive for excellence in both so I can share my experiences in order to help others. I am accountable both on the track and in the classroom to my teammates in order to contribute my best self to the team.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Penn Track & Field/XC student-athlete? 
Thank you, the return on your investment is unmeasurable! Because of your generosity I get to train and compete at the highest level with all the necessary resources to succeed. Each personal record or new school record is the direct reflection of the impact of your donation. These great impacts carry over to the classroom where we are also supported to do our best, as well as on into life through the connections we make with our fellow teammates and alumni. The success of each athlete both in Track & Field and in life, would not be possible without your contributions.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Track & Field/XC?
My favorite memory with Track & Field was my first Penn Relays on the stripes team as a freshman during the outdoor season of 2016. The environment on the track was electrifying but what I remember most was how proud every alumnus that came back to watch to the events were when they saw the Penn team. It really demonstrated how deep the school and team pride run. No matter what place we finished it seemed every Penn relay had the loudest cheering.

9. What does life after Penn look like?
After Penn, I plan to live in New York City, working in product marketing at Mastercard. I hope to go on to be a brand manager and eventually Chief Marketing Officer of a major corporation.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
The biggest lesson I will take away is time management. It is impossible to succeed in academics and athletics without discipline so the time management skills I developed as a student-athlete will continue to help me succeed beyond Penn. Another lesson that will stay with me is how to set appropriate goals and work towards them. From setting goal times to hit on the track or leadership positions to earn in a club, I have learned how to outline a clear actionable goal and be persistent until I achieve it. This lesson will be critical after graduation as I take on my career and life dreams.