Student-Athlete Spotlight

Molly Oretsky, C'18 - Softball

1. Name: Molly Oretsky

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Softball

4. Position: Third Base

5. Why did you choose Penn?
I knew right away I wanted to go to Penn. You just can’t beat spending everyday on a beautiful Ivy League campus all while the city of Philadelphia is at your disposal. I remember visiting the field and looking out to see the skyline from home plate. That’s when I knew I could have the college experience I’ve always dreamed of: getting to play Division I softball in a vibrant city while getting a top-notch education.

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Softball student-athlete mean to you?
I think most student athletes at Penn would agree that being an athlete here really becomes part of your identity. You get to compete for a school that’s known all over the world but you also become a part of an incredible athlete community that’s hard to put into words. We can all relate to getting up every day to push ourselves in the weightroom and in the classroom, supporting teams in their quest for Ivy League titles, and finding a family in your own team. It’s a community I’ve felt so lucky to be a part of and one I’ll really miss.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Softball student-athlete? 
Our time here goes by quickly, so every moment means so much to us. And every moment is made possible because of you all, from big game-winning moments to enjoying some snacks in the bunker with teammates. It’s all part of what makes this experience so special, and I cannot thank you enough. 

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Softball?
It’s cheesy, but my favorite memory was hitting a walk-off homerun against Rider in the bottom of the 9th inning junior year. It’s just one of those moments you dream of as a little kid when you picture yourself hopefully playing college ball one day. I remember being so shocked as it happened that I forgot to really celebrate while rounding the bases, which is a wonderful reminder to always let yourself enjoy every moment before it’s over!

9. What does life after Penn look like?
I will be working as a Class of 2018 Venture For America Fellow. Location to be determined! The most exciting part is there are about 15+ cities to choose from, so we will see where Venture for America takes me!

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
I’ve learned the importance of having patience and to always trust yourself. I was my biggest critic entering college, and it held me back early on. The minute I decided to enjoy the game regardless of outcome and have faith in the years I’ve put into it, everything changed. My love for the sport came rushing back, and in time results followed. After I graduate, I want to apply that same mindset to my work, so I can enjoy it every day.