Student-Athlete Spotlight

Karen Seid, C'19 - Field Hockey

1. Name: Karen Seid

2. Class Year: 2019

3. Sport: Field Hockey

4. Position: Defender

5. Why did you choose Penn?
I chose Penn because the moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was the perfect fit for me.  Penn not only offers incredible academic opportunities that suits my educational interests, but an unbelievable field hockey program that I fell in love with. At Penn, I knew that I was going to not only be able to grow as a field hockey player, but also explore my academic potential through a supportive, yet competitive and intellectually stimulating environment. Academically, the fact that Penn gave me the platform to take a breadth of classes under a variety of disciplines was something I could not surpass. Because the university offers you the opportunity to explore all fields through a structured curriculum, I knew that I could really find my passion and area of study.

Athletically, I chose Penn because of the field hockey program and the athletic community.  After numerous visits on campus and overnights with the team, I could really feel the tight team dynamics and the passion coming from the players and the coaching staff. I saw how enthusiastic they were about the program, each other, and their goals as student-athletes. I wanted to be part of a program that offered a challenging environment where I can take on new responsibilities as a teammate, excel academically, and expand my skills on the field. The committed and driven coaching staff contributed to my desire to choose Penn, as I was confident that I could discover myself and find my own identity at this university. I knew Penn would be the place where I could grow in ways that would influence me to become the best version of myself, through relationship building and new experiences.

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Field Hockey student-athlete mean to you?
Being a Penn Field Hockey student-athlete has shaped me to the person I am today.  I’ve grown immensely, as a player, student, and individual, from my experience.  I’ve realized throughout these past three years the importance of creating a balance in life with all of my passions. I’m not only incredibly passionate about playing field hockey and being the best teammate possible for the success of the program, but passionate about performing to my greatest potential academically in my studies. With the committed and inspiring coaching staff Penn field hockey provides and the support from my devoted teammates, I’ve been able to grow in an environment that allows me to take risks, overcome challenges, and really thrive in my passions. For me, being a student-athlete means giving it my all every-time I step on the field for practice and a game or sit down to take a test. My motivation and determination comes from inside, as leaving my heart on the field and in my studies is all you can ask for a student-athlete. I’ve learned to be present and perform in the moment, by focusing on the current task, practice drill, game play, or interaction at hand. This scope has allowed me to be who I am today. I’m pride to be a Penn Field Hockey student-athlete.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Field Hockey student-athlete? 
Thank you so much for all your support! My life as a student-athlete would not be the same without your generous contributions. I love this Field Hockey program and the opportunities offered at this school, and you have been a big reason why we are where we are today. Your contributions have created a solid foundation for our team to excel and be prepared to succeed against our competitors.  Our team is very appreciative to have such a special community behind us that gives us funds to support our team development including our dedicated and inspiring coaches, knowledgeable trainers, quality sports equipment, athletic gear, and nutritious pre-game meals.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Field Hockey?
It’s hard to pick just one favorite memory throughout my three years on the Penn Field Hockey team. I’ve had the most incredible moments with the team whether we are fighting our hearts out for a big conference win, early-morning practices under the sunrise, doing karaoke on our long bus trips, or making pinhole projectors to watch the solar eclipse. But, if I were to pick one moment from this year, it would be our 3-2 win over Syracuse. I can recall every moment of that day. In my memory, I can feel the way we fought on that field as a team together, the way we mentally and physically persevered throughout that whole game, and the way we celebrated after such a deserved win; those are the moments that make me proud to be a member on this team. This proved to us that we have the potential to achieve, but the rest of the athletic community that we have the power, commitment, and drive. We have the heart and talent as a team to be a top 20 team and leave a legacy for this program.

9. What does life after Penn look like?
After Penn, I hope to be working in New York City in finance. I will be interning this summer at an Investment Bank and I am looking to continue this profession following my senior year. I am very exciting to start a career in New York City, where there are limitless opportunities and a strong network of Penn alumni, to connect with in the business field. While I am determined to create a successful future in this career path, I want to keep my options open to new opportunities and explore possible fields of interest.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
My athletic experience at Penn has prepared me for any challenge or endeavor I choose to take on after college. I’ve learned how to rise under pressure by staying mentally composed, making smart-decisions quickly, and playing passionately to perform in tight game situations. A hard-work ethic, combined with the ability to thrive in an intense, competitive environment, is one of the many skills I’ve learned through my experience. Additionally, I’ve realized the importance of setting individual and team goals for the immediate scope and the future. I have become a very goal-oriented person which has contributed to my success on and off the field. If you set your mind to something and put in your heart, you can face any challenge to accomplish your goals. Success won’t be handed to you, but through commitment, hard-work, and passion you can be one step closer towards them.