As a three-sport athlete in high school, I figured that one of the biggest adjustments in my college life would be giving up competitive sports for good. Baseball in particular is one of my greatest passions, so it was hard in college when I couldn’t even find a friend that wanted to play catch during my first few weeks at school. When the activities fair rolled around, I made a conscious effort to go check out if the school offered any organizations that I could join in order to make athletics a part of my life again. I was very lucky to stumble across the University of Pennsylvania Club Baseball team’s stand on Locust Walk. After a minute or two of discussion, I knew that I wanted to join.
After a successful tryout, I was on the team and happy to be playing ball again. I was the starting Right Fielder last year. It was a lot of fun being able to go on road trips with the team to places like Long Island and New Jersey in order to play against other schools. Highlights from the year were making the NCBA playoffs for the first time in Penn’s history and also beating Hofstra, the NCBA champion, during the regular season.
I now serve as the Social Chairman for the club baseball team and will likely continue with this position until I graduate. More than anything, I think that the friends I have made playing club baseball have made it such a great experience. I would suggest to all new students to check out all the organizations the school has to offer. Not only will you be doing activities that you are passionate about, but you will make great friends along the way.
Joe is a current M&T sophomore in the Class of 2015. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering within Penn Engineering and has yet to declare his concentration in the Wharton School. He also works part-time in the M&T office!