Student-Athlete Spotlight

Marta Kowalska, W'19 - Women's Tennis

1. Name: Marta Kowalska

2. Class Year: 2019

3. Sport: Women's Tennis

4. Position: Singles & Doubles

5. Why did you choose Penn?

The primary reason I chose Penn is because of Coach Kunovac. In addition, I wanted to pursue a degree in business and I has attracted by the rigorous business program at Wharton.  

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Tennis student-athlete mean to you?

I feel extremely honored to have been given an opportunity to represent Penn as a student-athlete. Whenever I compete on court, I keep in mind that I compete on behalf of Penn and it gives me extra motivation to push myself. I’m also extremely grateful for all the resources both academic and athletic that Penn has given me. 

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Tennis student-athlete? 

I would say that I’m extremely grateful for all the resources they donate to the tennis program that allow us to compete on a high D1 level and get better each year. Personally, I can fairly say that I have never had a better opportunity to train and play tennis. All facilities, gear and coaches that are accessible to me at Penn have allowed me to grow as a tennis player to the extent that I wasn’t able to do at home, in Poland, due to various financial and infrastructural constraints. I am extremely grateful to the entire program for enabling me that. 

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Tennis?

My favorite memory at Penn was when we played Harvard my freshman year and I managed to clinch the match in the 3rd set winning 7:5. 

9. What does life after Penn look like?

I plan to stay in the US (I grew up in Poland) for the first few year and work in finance in NYC. After that, I don’t have defined plans but I think of moving to Europe and either working in finance there or starting my own business. 

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?

Tennis is inherently an individual sport but on the team at Penn I have learned how to be a team player, care for others, and collectively strive for a common goal. I have also learned a great deal about respect toward my coaches and in particular, my teammates. Aside from that, I a lot about leadership and fellowship. Being in a different role each year, due to seniority, I get a chance to constantly learn new skills and develop as a person. Finally, I have met amazing and interesting people who I can learn from and enjoy my time with.