Student Athlete Spotlight

Field Hockey

  1. Name:  Alexa Hoover
  2. Class Year:  C’18
  3. Sport:  Field Hockey
  4. Position:  Center Forward
  5. Why did you choose Penn? 
    I was seven years old when I watched my first collegiate field hockey game. The game was at Penn and was played on Franklin Field, because the Ellen Vagelos field was still a work in progress. I told my parents, “mom, dad I want to go here when I'm older!” Little did we know that my dream would later become a reality. The summer going into my junior year of high school I had narrowed down my list to two schools. But I knew all along it was going to be Penn. One of the things I loved most about Penn was the campus. You always feel miles away from the city even though you’re sitting in the middle of it. Another reason I was drawn to Penn was the history tied to athletics, whether it was Franklin Field, the Palestra, or everything in between.
  6. What does the experience of being a Penn Field Hockey student-athlete mean to you? 
    It is incredible to be surrounded by such driven women, who share the same goals as I do. I learn from each and every one of them in different ways on the field and in the classroom. It means a great deal to me to be given the opportunity to be a part of this team. We support each other in everything that we do and I’m sure my time here at Penn would have been very different without them behind me the whole way.
  7. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Field Hockey? 
    My favorite memory by far with Penn Field Hockey was when I broke the All-Time Goals Record with half of my junior season left to go. I worked extremely hard to get to this point and it felt amazing to see all my work having paid off. I could not have done it without the help of every single one of my teammates on and off the field constantly supporting me. My coaches also helped push me to keep getting better and to keep improving my skills.
  8. What has been your favorite class to date and why? 
    I am majoring in Cognitive Science because I find the brain fascinating and I wanted to learn more about it. The major involves studying the brain in a wide variety of ways, however my concentration is in psychology and linguistics. Intro to Psychology was definitely my favorite class to date and is actually the course that pushed me to concentrate in this area.
  9. What does life after Penn look like (where you live, what you will be doing)? 
    As of right now I’m not really sure what I want to do in terms of a career. I will most likely stay in my home state because I want to be able to see my family, but I would not be opposed to moving somewhat nearby if my job required it.
  10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation? 
    Dedication is a huge part of top level athletics, especially at Penn. Being a division one athlete is hard enough as is, let alone at an ivy league school. I’ve learned how to be fully dedicated to both rigorous athletics and academics which is a skill that will help me later in life. My dedication will allow me to stand out among other workers because I will always strive to do the best.
  11. Last year, over 160 Penn Field Hockey 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 games, meals on the road, sports medicine and sports performance.  What would you say to those who invest in your experience as a Field Hockey student-athlete?  
    Thank you for everything you have given us. Without your investment in our success, we would not be able to keep making strides toward having the best program possible. I truly mean it when I say we would not have gotten this far without your help. You give us opportunities that many other schools do not have and opportunities to represent Penn with all of the honor that it deserves.