Student-Athlete Spotlight
Courtney Quinn - Volleyball

Why did you choose Penn?

When I came on my unofficial my junior year, the 2018 class was on their official visit together. They were a big part of why I came to Penn because I got to see the people I would be playing next to for 3 years, and now they’re some of my best friends. I really loved how close all the girls were and I couldn’t be happier to be on this team.

What does the experience of being a Penn Volleyball student-athlete mean to you?

Being a part of the Penn Athletics family has brought me the best memories over the past two years. It provided me with an instant family coming into college. It’s really comforting to have so many friends who are on the same crazy schedules, are devoted both on the field and in the classroom, and understand the time commitment we all put into our programs.

What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Volleyball?

My favorite moment was beating Princeton my freshman year in our first conference game. It was the first Ivy game of the year and we weren’t expected to win so it was really exciting to play in.

What has been your favorite class to date and why?

Last fall I really loved my calculus class, Math 104. It was a cool environment because it was very interactive and it made things easier to understand working things out with my classmates.

What does life after Penn look like (where you live, what you will be doing)?

I think my heart will always be in Texas, so I would be really happy being close to home. I have really liked living in Philly though, so I would be open to living in the city somewhere. I really like both mathematics and communications so I hope I’ll be working in a field where I can combine the two together.

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

Balancing school, volleyball, and friends has taught me how important time management is. It allowed be to think about what was most important to me and to schedule out time in my life for the things I really care about. The other lesson that volleyball has introduced me to is being able to connect with anyone. Every year we have new people on our team and my relationships with all of my teammates are very important to me. You never get to pick who you are going to work with in the future, so being able to work together on a team with girls, who at one time were all strangers, is very similar to being able to work with and have good relationships with your coworkers. 

Last year, over 100 Penn Volleyball 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 Volleyball student-athlete?

A huge, huge thank you. Penn volleyball has made our team a family and we can’t thank everyone who has donated our program for bringing us all together. Our team is so thankful to be able to train in the facilities that we do and have access to training that allows us to be healthy and free from injury. We all are able to compete and do what we love because of y’all.