Student-Athlete Spotlight

Lauren Whitlatch, C'18 - Women's Basketball

1. Name: Lauren Whitlatch

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Women's Basketball

4. Position: Guard

5. Why did you choose Penn?
Penn offers a rigorous academic schedule while still being able to compete athletically at an extremely high level. I saw Penn as a school that would push me beyond my limits in order to achieve more than I believed possible. Furthermore, as a student-athlete at Penn, I am surrounded by incredibly bright and talented students and faculty who challenge me to go beyond the surface and think in a different way. 

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Basketball student-athlete mean to you?
Being a Penn Basketball student-athlete will no doubt shape my life moving forward. I have created relationships with incredible individuals who inspire me to continue to support and represent Penn with pride. I will cherish the experiences I have had over the past four years for life as I am forever grateful to be a part of a community that is so passionate about investing time and energy into the future of others.   

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Basketball student-athlete?
The Penn Basketball program thanks you so much for your generosity and kindness. You are the reason we are able to excel both on and off the court and we could not represent this wonderful university without you. You impact our lives and schedules every single day and as a result, I can only hope to one day follow in your footsteps. Because of your support, we are inspired to compete at a high level and we are forever grateful for you all of who make that happen. 

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Basketball?
Although there are many, winning the first ever Ivy League tournament in the Palestra was indescribable. Our team felt the energy from the crowd and winning on our home court was extremely special. Running on the court and being able to celebrate with everyone who has shaped my time here at Penn was so rewarding. It was a moment that represented the incredible achievements we have been so grateful to be a part of over the four years. 

9. What does life after Penn look like?
After graduation, I plan to move to New York City to work for IBM in consulting. I will still be close, allowing me to take a quick trip to Philadelphia for multiple games! 

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
Playing basketball has taught me many lessons that I will continue to use after graduation. Most importantly, it has taught me that success is a direct result of how much time you invest into something. In order to achieve goals, putting in extra work and believing in yourself is essential. Furthermore, being a student-athlete has taught me how to be a leader. Having the ability to step up in difficult or pressured situations alongside my teammates is something that I know will contribute in the workforce. Lastly, I have learned that experiencing adversity in life is inevitable, but being able to learn from these situations in order to grow is a mentality that is so important to develop. Learning from adversity separates the good from the great, and through the support of coaches, teammates and the Penn community, we have learned how to adjust to difficult situations in order to achieve success.