Student-Athlete Spotlight

Christina Park, W'20 - Women's Golf

1. Name: Christina Park

2. Class Year: 2020

3. Sport: Women's Golf

4. Why did you choose Penn?
I chose Penn because it was a perfect balance between pursing my passion for golf at a NCAA Division I program while studying my interests in business. During my official visit to Penn, I saw the supportive atmosphere of the golf team and felt assured that I was making the right decision.

5. What does the experience of being a Penn Golf student-athlete mean to you?
As a student-athlete, I feel proud to be a part of a great community and feel that I am a representative of Penn on and off the golf course. I strive to be the best in competition and in the classroom to bring positive contribution to the greater student-athlete community that I am a part of.

6. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Penn Golf student-athlete? 
Thank you for your support of the Penn Golf program. Because of your contributions, my teammates and I are able to pursue our passion for golf while having adequate resources to perform our best in competitions as a representative of Penn. I am proud to be competing for Penn and thankful for the experiences that I have had thus far that were made possible through your support.

7. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Golf?
My favorite memory with Penn Golf so far is the last day of Ivy League Championship last year. As a freshman, it was my first experience playing in the Ivy League Championship, but most importantly the tournament was the last rounds of collegiate golf for the seniors. To see their bitter-sweet farewell with collegiate golf was emotional and have inspired me to enjoy every moment of it while I can. Hopefully that includes a couple of wins for Penn as well.

8. What does life after Penn look like?
After Penn, I see myself working in either finance or consulting hopefully in New York where many of past team members and Penn alums are currently living and working! As a sophomore, I am unsure about my life after Penn, but I hope to have made a successful transition into the real world.

9. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
Playing golf for Penn has been an entirely new experience for me because I have learned to become a member of strongly bonded team despite golf being a highly individualized sport. I am thankful for my experiences as a Penn athlete to travel and compete in a wonderful team and to learn the values of teamwork and dedication. Also, the challenges of pursuing both golf and academics have helped me develop perseverance. The hours spent studying in the hotel room after 9-hour golf rounds have increased my work ethics and grit. I hope to carry these lessons into my future career and beyond.