Emma Chow, Women's Tennis, Bowdoin College

Emma Chow

The only senior on a nationally prominent women’s tennis team in 2014-15, Emma Chow led the Polar Bears to victories on the tennis court over the last four years while taking advantage of everything that Bowdoin College had to offer.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Chow decided on her first visit to the coast of Maine that Bowdoin was the place for her. She reached tremendous heights for the Polar Bears on the court, helping the team to a pair of NCAA quarterfinal appearances. As a senior, Chow achieved her highest accolades, earning qualification for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College National Championships and collecting ITA All-American status in doubles.

But that was only part of Chow’s college experience. An Environmental Studies major, she was one of the founding members of Bowdoin Green Athletics, a student club dedicated to improving the environmental sustainability of the College’s athletic operations. She was a student representative on the Sustainability Implementation Committee, which is dedicated to furthering the College’s mission of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

A NESCAC All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship honoree, Chow was honored this spring with the Athletic Department’s Anne L.E. Dane Award for Outstanding Leadership by a Female Student Athlete.

“My academic and athletic experiences at Bowdoin will help me in all aspects of my life,” says Chow. “The challenges of being a student-athlete have taught me the importance of consciously creating balance in my life. I have mastered the art of time management and efficient studying, learned to work with a range of personalities, and understand what it means to be a good leader. I have learned that happiness is not found in outcomes alone, but is rather created by the actions undertaken and attitude held as you progress toward them.”