Student Athlete Spotlight
- Name: Lauren D’Amore
- Class Year: 2017
- Sport: Women’s Lacrosse
- Position: Attack
- Why did you choose Penn?
Penn is uniquely positioned as a top academic institution that also competes at the national level every year on the lacrosse field. When I visited I loved the sense that I got of the team chemistry, and as I am about to have my last season here I could not be happier with the choice that I made.
- What does the experience of being a Penn Lacrosse student-athlete mean to you?
Being a part of the Penn Lacrosse family has been the most defining factor in shaping my college experience. My best friends and the people who I know will be my lifelong friends are the girls on my team, and who have been on my team in the past. The coaches have not only lead us to multiple Ivy League championships, but have taken on the role of parents in this home away from home, and have taught us a countless number of life lessons along the way. Coming away with a Penn degree, and the lessons from the lacrosse field, will only serve to continue helping me succeed in the future.
- What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Lacrosse?
Beating Northwestern in sudden death overtime this past year at home on Franklin Field. We had just come off of a rough loss against Dartmouth, and the fact that we were not expected to win made the victory even better. It was one of those classic storm the field moments that will stay with me long after I graduate.
- What has been your favorite class to date and why?
Last year I was able to take Adam Grant’s management class on Organizational Behavior. He is an incredible human being who managed to care and become personally invested in each of his students. We were also given many opportunities to get to know the other kids in our class, and I met some of my favorite people from these experiences.
- What does life after Penn look like (where you live, what you will be doing)?
Next year I will be doing Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. I will be living in New York, which I am really excited about since so many of my friends who have both graduated and who are here at Penn now will be there with me as well.
- What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
Accountability is an undervalued skill that is valued in every organization. How to manage my time, even when it seems like there are not enough hours in the day. That hard work will pay off, even if it is difficult to see the results in the short term.
- Last year, over 480 Penn Lacrosse 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 Lacrosse student-athlete?
Thank you. It is your donations that allow us to have the incredible experience that we are offered, and that allow us to compete on the national stage against large schools with very different funding models. My experience as a Penn Lacrosse athlete exceeded any and all expectations, and I could not be more thankful for your help in creating this experience.