ATLANTA- Former Panther Felipe Jaworski may have finished his playing career with the Georgia State men’s tennis team, but he continues to work just as hard off the court as he did on it. Jaworski was one of 20 undergraduate and graduate students from the Robinson College of Business selected to participate in the Panthers on Wall Street program, an initiative designed to give students real-world business experience and opportunities to network with upper-level executives in some of the world’s top firms.
The Buenos Aires, Argentina native was a four-year starter with the men’s tennis team, where he excelled both on the court and in the classroom. A two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete, Jaworski was named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team for earning a 4.22 cumulative GPA in one of the nation’s top business colleges. He was also been named to the GSU President’s List as well as the Sun Belt Commissioner’s List.
On the court, Jaworski held a 48-21 record in dual play and went 25-5 during his junior and senior seasons. Jaworski opened 2017 spring play with a No. 18 ITA Regional Ranking and led the team in match-clinching wins with five.
Being selected for the program requires going through a rigorous three-stage process. First is the application portion where a student submits a resume, a recommendation, and completes an essay. The next phase is a networking event where the selection committee evaluates how you socialize and network with other people. Based on the results from the second stage, those who advance are interviewed by the program directors who will then make the final selections.
“The main point of the trip is to meet and network with executives from the top Wall Street firms,” Jaworski said. “It’s pretty fast-paced because some days we had to meet at 7 a.m., but we wouldn’t be done until 10 p.m., so it kind of gives you an idea of what it would be like to actually work there.”
Program alumni are encouraged to stay involved with the program after graduation, and some of the executives that the students meet are Robinson College graduates.
Though he has exhausted his eligibility to play for an NCAA institution, Jaworski has stayed involved with the men’s tennis program.
“Over the past three-and-a-half years Georgia State has given so much to me that I felt like during my last semester I wanted to find a way to give back,” Jaworski said. “The experience I gained throughout my time here is something that I can pass on to the younger guys, and given the current coaching situation I thought I could help the team out. It was a great experience to be able to see what things are like from a coaching perspective rather than a playing perspective.”
After graduation from Georgia State, Jaworski plans to put his degree to use and pursue a career at a top financial firm.
“New York has a lot of opportunities, so you have to find something that sets you apart from the Ivy League crowd,” Jaworski said. “I learned so much during my time with the program, even from just being in meetings with some of the executives. The main thing I took away was not to be intimidated and to reach out to people. Everything can be an opportunity if you keep that mindset.”
Jaworski is on track to graduate in December of 2017 with an actuarial science degree.