NCAA Womens Tennis

Forging Firsts: Alina Mukhortova | Wisconsin Badgers

Forging Firsts: Alina Mukhortova | Wisconsin Badgers

Family is central to my journey to Wisconsin. They not only supported me in becoming a student-athlete, but also as the first in our family to attend a university, I feel responsible for setting a standard for future generations in my family. Being the first member of my family to attend college is enough for my parents to be proud of me, but I think traveling to a new country, learning a new language, and adapting to a new culture truly justify the effort they put into my journey.

My parents were on opposite ends of the spectrum in the ways they chose to support me. My mom, who focused on my academic career, was the one telling me to be proud of the things I’ve accomplished, praising my achievements in the classroom, all while letting her friends know along the way, even when I didn’t think the attention was warranted. 

My dad was the one who pushed me, specifically when it came to tennis. When the going got tough, he was the first to tell me “Keep going”. Whenever I reached a new level of my athletic career, he was there to give me the next task. 

I wanted to be the best at both.

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