Committed to Success!

Field hockey and academics go hand and hand when it comes to what is important to the players on the Penn State field hockey team. Anouk Knuvers, a freshman from the Netherlands, is a new face to the team this year and is also studying in the Smeal College of Business. The accomplishments didn’t stop when Knuvers received her acceptance into Smeal and she also is now a part of the Sapphire Leadership program within the business school.    

The Sapphire Leadership program adds to the student experience in the business school by providing leadership skills and professional development to help them succeed. The program only takes about 50 freshmen to be a part of the program for the next four years with multiple rounds within the application process. Knuvers is currently the only international student in the program and is absorbing all she can to help further develop her academic and professional career.   

“Being in that small environment gives you the opportunity to learn more, ask more questions, get more information and get more personal attention,” Knuvers said.  

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