During my four years of high school I played three sports (lacrosse, football and basketball). My strongest friendships and some of the best moments of my life came on the field and on the court. When I decided to attend Penn and enroll in the M&T Program I made the choice of pursuing a strong education over potentially continuing my athletic career at another college. As tough as it was to give up the chance to play a varsity sport, I knew that Penn and the M&T Program were the right choice. However, deep down I did not want to give up sports, specifically lacrosse. Once I got to Penn, I realized that I could have the best of both worlds through receiving a top notch education while still playing lacrosse on Penn’s Club Lacrosse team.
The schedule for club lacrosse is roughly as follows. During the fall semester, we practice once a week, starting in mid-September and ending the week before Thanksgiving break. We also try to do one weekend round robin tournament and one or two scrimmages. In the spring semester, when the season officially starts, practice is held twice a week and we have 10-12 league games. We also try to attend 1-2 tournaments in the spring.
What is great about club lacrosse is the fact that I still get to have that special team experience and play the sport I love without the huge time commitment. My biggest concern with playing club lacrosse was whether or not I would have enough time with the demanding schedule of an M&T student. What I found out was that I had no trouble balancing the school work and lacrosse. In fact, going to practice was often the best part of the week. It served as a great study break where I could go out and clear my head and have fun with a great group of guys. Furthermore, club lacrosse gave me another opportunity to meet freshmen and upperclassmen that I likely would have not met otherwise.
If you are thinking of applying to the M&T Program, but don’t want to give up your love for playing sports, know that Penn has numerous opportunities for you to continue your athletic career in a way that allows you to be a true student-athlete. For more information on Penn club sports visit http://www.upenn.edu/recreation/sports/clubs.html.