Student-Athlete Spotlight

Michelle Nwokedi - Women's Basketball

1. Name: Michelle Nwokedi

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Women’s Basketball

4. Position: Forward

5. Why did you choose Penn?
Penn offers first-class academics along with athletics. I saw Penn as an Ivy League University that would help me excel academically and athletically. It would connect me with successful alums that are impacting the world every day. I knew that Penn is an institution that will most definitely help path the way to success. 

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Basketball student-athlete mean to you?
Being able to represent Penn Basketball is an honor. Every time I put on my jersey and see “Penn” on the front, it makes me want to play that much harder and represent Penn Basketball in the best way that I can. Being a part of the basketball program has been an amazing opportunity that I am forever grateful for.

7. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Basketball?
My favorite memory hands down would have to be competing in the Ivy League Championship against Princeton last year and winning the 2016 Ivy League Championship on their home court. The game was back and forth and I just remember everyone – the coaches, teammates, fans – being so engaged and locked in. It was probably one of the funniest games that I have ever played in and I will never forget it. 

8. What has been your favorite class to date and why?
Although I can’t pick one specific class, my favorite subject has been Communications. I find many of these classes to be intriguing and I look forward to going to class. The professors make the classes very interesting and I enjoy the class discussions where we reflect on things we have read or watched.

9. What does life after Penn look like (where you live, what you will be doing)?
After Penn, I would love to be on the East Coast working within a sports organization or cable network in broadcasting, advertising, or digital media management.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
Basketball has taught me many lessons and tools that I have been able to carry over to my academics and that I will be able to use after graduation. The most important tool that I have learned would be time management. Being able to use my time efficiently will be key for success in the workforce. Basketball has also taught me how to be a leader. It is so important to contribute to certain things rather than just sitting back and watching. Leading by example is a characteristic that I have prided myself in. I know that all of the things that I have learned about being a leader on the court will transfer over to the workforce. Last but not least, basketball has improved my work ethic. Like my dad always says, “If you don’t have a good work ethic, you will not succeed”. Having a strong work ethic will only help me work that much harder to be successful in the future. 

11. Last year, over 350 Penn Basketball alumni, family and friends made a financial contribution to your program to help provide you with things like equipment, training tools, uniforms, travel to away meets, meals on the road, sports medicine and sports performance.  What would you say to those who invest in your experience as a Basketball student-athlete? 
Thank you so much for your support and generosity. The Penn Basketball programs would not be successful without your contributions. Being able to represent the Penn Basketball program is a dream come true and I can only promise that I will continue to work hard to help continue to build the Basketball program. Again, thank you for all of your support.