Interview with Sen Lin, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Soccer Player
Sen Lin is a twenty-four-year-old senior student from China. He is currently majoring in business, focusing on marketing and management. Sen Lin started playing soccer for fun while in China; however, he started playing competitively once he became a student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. While in high school he also played basketball, badminton, squash, and table tennis. Table tennis was his best sport in high school and he won several awards. Sen said, “I play as many sports as I can a little because I believe each sport has their own habits, fun, and interest.”
Sen Lin said he chose Penn State Wilkes-Barre because of the small campus, small classes, and huge opportunities. The personal attention from his teachers is great because he wants to learn as much as he can while at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The extra opportunity he has is that he can speak his own voice and gain experiences from this school which will be helpful down the road. The personal relationships with his teachers are great for him which is another reason he enjoys this school. Sen said, “I am so proud of being a student athlete at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.”
Sen has currently scored 1 goal along with 2 saves for his career. The position he plays most is the side/wing. He has received an “Academic All Conference Award” for his success in his studies and on the field. He stays in shape during the off season by playing pick-up games in Forty Fort Township and working out every day. Unfortunately, Sen will be graduating in September so he won’t be able to play next season. He said he is going to miss all the fun he had with his team on the way to matches and during practice. His favorite game moment was against Penn State Schuylkill when he scored his first goal. He described it as one of the greatest moments he’s ever had. “My teammate ran with the ball all the way down from the left side of the field. I signaled him, and then he crossed the ball. I jumped up and hit the ball with my left leg. For some reason, the ball was in the net. I was so so so excited at that moment,” said Sen.
When asked about the struggles of being a student athlete, he said there are very few struggles. If there is ever a time when he needs to find time for extra studying he simply adjusts his schedule. Sen Lin looks forward to practice every day because he enjoys being outdoors and having fun with his teammates. He describes his teammates as friendly, exciting, dedicated, and responsible. While being a student athlete at Penn State Wilkes-Barre Sen has met several new friends and learned so much.
After graduation he plans on completing an internship and furthering his education by earning his master’s degree in Supply Chain Management. He says he wants to develop his skills in this field and become the “big guy” in a business someday. There is no doubt that Sen Lin has had several great experiences and memories at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. He is so proud and honored to have been a part of the Penn State community and will always be thankful for his opportunities.