June 23, 2018

Meet Vickie Ip - Amherst Women's Tennis

Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

Vickie Ip threw herself into her collegiate experience from her first days at Amherst and didn’t stop until her graduation. A four-year member of the women’s tennis team and a team captain during her final year, Ip also managed a rigorous academic workload and a full slate of community service projects.

“As an international student from Hong Kong, I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone and experience challenging college life in the United States. The ability to study at a top liberal arts institution and compete at a high level made Amherst a perfect fit for me,” said Ip.

A double-major in Asian Languages and civilizations and statistics, Ip excelled in the classroom. She earned NESCAC All-Academic Honors twice and was selected for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete Award as a sophomore.

On the court, she was a two-time All-NESCAC honoree in singles, including a First Team selection in both singles and doubles as a first year, and was also named an ITA All-American in both disciplines. As a senior, Ip represented Amhest on the NESCAC Women's Tennis All-Sportsmanship Team.

Not to be ignored is Ip’s service to the Amherst College and the Hampshire County community. As an intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, she not only mentored and supported disadvantaged youth, but also helped organize its annual Summer Crafts Fair.

She was nominated to be the Athletics Team Engagement Leader (ATEL) in her sophomore year, organizing community service projects ranging from volunteering at a soup kitchen, at Book and Plow Farm, and taking part in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Bowl-athon.

On campus, Ip was a DJ for the Amherst College Radio Station, worked as an intern for the Amherst Annual Fund, served as a Cantonese tutor at the Five College Language Center, and was an active member of the International Student Association, while also studying abroad last spring at the Stockholm School of Economics.