"Win-Win" for Squash Student-Athlete and Mentor

As his mentor Darren Fogel (W ’93) puts it, Penn squash player Anders Larson (W ’18) is a hard worker, someone who puts in as much blood and sweat into his schoolwork as he does into the sport. “Working with Anders and seeing how much time and effort he put into his squash and academics was very impressive,” says Fogel, adding that “he was a terrific mentee from the start.” Fogel brought a lot to the relationship as well, giving Larson the kind of guidance that would help his hard-working qualities stand out when interviewing for internships and beyond.  

Larson had plenty of responsibilities to juggle as a student, especially during the season, but always found a way to stay in touch. Over the course of 2 to 3 phone calls, texts and emails a month, Larson sought advice from his mentor on navigating the finance world. Larson credits Fogel for not only being helpful and supportive in his career search, but also extremely approachable. Fogel steered him through the many different areas in the field of finance, imparting the wisdom of his 20 years’ experience on Wall Street. And when Fogel wasn’t answering Larson’s questions about a career in finance or helping him prep for job interviews, the pair would of course talk about squash.

Fogel is grateful for the reminders of his years of athletic competition and team camaraderie, noting that this mentorship has “brought [him] closer to the Penn Squash team generally and brought back fond memories. Unfortunately,” he concedes, “I never played squash the way Anders does!”

After months of discussion and preparation, the duo won a clear victory when Larson landed a position as a summer analyst at Evercore ISI in their Equity Research department. Anders notes an increase in communication over the final stretch of the interview process as well as Fogel’s networking help as important pieces of this crucial time in the process. But despite reaching this early milestone, Fogel is not finished yet: “By the time he graduates, I will hopefully help Anders get to a place career wise that he will find both challenging and rewarding.” Fogel concludes, “As a Penn alum, I was nothing but proud of Anders’ individual efforts and the Penn squash program at large.”