McGovern, a senior finance major, is a member of the TCU women’s golf team.
“I applied to a lot,” she said. “And I’ve been accepted by them all, and then waitlisted at Stanford and Harvard.”
The senior said while her decision has been narrowed down, things still aren’t clear as to where she’ll end up.
“I have put in my seat deposit at [the] University of Pennsylvania, McGovern said. “But I am staying on the waitlist at Stanford and Harvard, and to stay on the waitlist, if you get in, you have to go.”
If accepted by either Stanford or Harvard, McGovern said she would lose not only her seat at Penn but also her seat deposit.
The finance major is currently working for Goldman Sachs located in Dallas and said the idea of doing law and finance at the University of Pennsylvania, which has one of the top MBA programs in the nation, caught her eye.
As a member of the golf team, McGovern helped the team earn a regional bid for three years. She has gotten close to many of her teammates, including senior Alex Soborov.
Soborov, also a finance major, said she first met McGovern when McGoven was visiting TCU. Knowing they were potential teammates, the two became friends.
“Kelly continues to amaze me and impress me with everything she’s able to accomplish,” said Soborov. “Anything she sets her heart and her mind too she achieves with flying colors. She’s participated in every tournament the team has played in and has a 4.0 GPA.”
McGovern said the time commitment of being a student athlete can get difficult sometimes, but she has “really enjoyed it.”
Along with Penn, Stanford and Harvard, McGovern said the list of schools she applied to include Duke University, Cornell University and a number of northern schools. She said she excluded the northern schools, including Cornell, from her decision because of the weather. She said they “felt depressing and isolated.”
McGovern said she appreciates the education she has received from TCU as well as her experience of being a student. She said the value of the education at TCU is “huge.”
“TCU has really helped me get into these schools,” said McGovern. “These top law schools have high respect for the degree.”