Jan. 29, 2012
BERKELEY - Though freshman Mary Lee is the only one of the five freshmen to not hail from Northern California, her Cal roots run deeper than any of the other first years for she has been a Golden Bear fan for years. Lee attended her first Cal football game at age three and her first softball game - one against Stanford - at age 10, so selecting Berkeley was an easy choice for the San Diego native. As a senior at Torrey Pines High School, Lee earned the Varsity Golden Falcon Award, claimed an All-Palomar League Honorable Mention and landed on the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team. In 2010 as a junior, she was lauded with the CIF Div. I Championship Game Sportsmanship Award, Falcon Fiesta Championship Game Sportsmanship Award and All-Avocado League Honorable Mention and was on the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team after leading her team to second place in San Diego Section and Avocado League championship. Lee captained her club team - Power Super 187 Gold - from 2010-11 and played at nationals in 2010 with her club. CalBears.com chatted with Lee to learn more about her.
CalBears.com: What made you choose Cal?
Mary Lee: I've been rooting for Cal softball since I was a kid. I chose Cal for its strong academics, top engineering program and school energy!
CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of softball?
ML: Outside of softball, I enjoy playing beach volleyball, scrapbooking, shopping and eating frozen yogurt.
CalBears.com: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
ML: I have played all nine positions in the last four years.
CalBears.com: What's your favorite part of Berkeley and/or the Cal campus?
ML: Some of my favorite things about Berkeley are all the people I meet and all of the opportunities available to students.
CalBears.com: What is the best thing about being a part of Cal softball?
ML: The best part about being a part of Cal softball is being able to represent my school and play with such an incredible team.
CalBears.com: Did you grow up watching Cal athletics? What has it been like to represent them?
ML: I've been a Cal fan attending Cal football games since before I can remember. As I got older, I became a Cal softball fan, and now it is such an honor to be able to represent Cal! It is really special to wear a Cal jersey and do something I love.
CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part of college life so far?
ML: I've really enjoyed meeting new people, learning about and studying a lot of topics I am interested in, and being a part of such a welcoming team.
CalBears.com: What are you planning on or thinking of majoring in?
ML: I am majoring in mechanical engineering.
CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
ML: Being away from my family and doing things, like my own laundry, took some getting used to.
CalBears.com: What class are you most enjoying to this fall?
ML: I really enjoyed Engineering 7, which was my first programming class, using MATLAB.
CalBears.com: Now that you've completed your first semester of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
ML: Make sure you sleep well and take advantage of the opportunities available to you so that you get the most out of your first semester; it will go by quickly.
CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
ML: Coming to Cal was always fun for me since at a young age I was either going to a Cal football or softball game.
CalBears.com: What characteristic in people do you most admire?
ML: I most admire kindness and humor.
CalBears.com: What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
ML: The best advice I've received is to "be happy" and "not stress over the little things."
CalBears.com: Who is your biggest hero?
ML: My parents!
CalBears.com: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
ML: When I was younger, I always wanted to be an elementary school teacher.
CalBears.com: What is one thing you can't live without?
ML: I can't live without frozen yogurt... and my family!
CalBears.com will be posting a release or feature every day until the 2012 season begins on Feb. 10. Check back Monday to read a Q&A with Kristina Thorson. To see all 30-for-30 releases and features in one place, please click here.