Feb. 4, 2012
BERKELEY - Freshman Cheyenne Cordes returned to Berkeley after winter break with a fresh stamp in her passport after winning gold with the U.S. junior national team in South Africa this past December. During her senior season at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, Calif., Cordes accumulated countless awards, highlighted by the California Gatorade Player of the Year, All-State First-Team, ESPN RISE and Max Preps All-State First-Team, the California Medium Schools Player of the Year, Max Preps All-American and ESPN RISE First-Team All-American. Since her softball resume is quite distinguished, CalBears.com caught up with Cordes to learn more about her as a person.
CalBears.com: What made you chose Cal?
Cheyenne Cordes: The great education, and it's close to home.
CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of softball?
CC: Working out, school and family.
CalBears.com: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
CC: I was always told that I would never play softball at a Pac-12 college, so that was part of my motivation.
CalBears.com: What's your favorite part about Berkeley and/or the Cal campus?
CC: The campus is very beautiful and the people are friendly.
CalBears.com: What is the best thing about being a part of Cal softball?
CC: I am looking forward to being a part of a great softball tradition here at Cal.
CalBears.com: Did you grow up watching Cal athletics? What has it been like to represent them?
CC: Yes, I have watched Cal since the Bears won the 2002 championship. It has been an honor and a privilege to wear the Blue & Gold.
CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
CC: Working out and practicing every day.
CalBears.com: What are you planning on or thinking of majoring in?
CC: Media studies.
CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
CC: Being away from my family and school has been hard.
CalBears.com: What class did you most enjoy to this fall?
CC: Sex ed.
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?
CC: Learn to enjoy reading.
CalBears.com: What characteristic in people do you most admire?
CC: I most admire people's strength and drive. It's amazing what you can do when you have the drive to do it.
CalBears.com: What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
CC: I would like to be an anchor on ESPN with an Olympic gold medal.
CalBears.com: Which three people would you invite to dinner?
CC: Derek Jeter, Natasha Watley and Crystal Bustos.
CalBears.com: What is the best piece of advice you've ever received? What's the worst?
CC: The best advice I have ever received is to always continue to work hard because when you stop that means someone is getting better than you. The worst advice I have ever received is to think while you are playing softball.
CalBears.com: What is your biggest pet peeve?
CC: I do not like the word gross. It is like nails on a chalk board to my ears.
CalBears.com: If you could make a cameo on any TV show, which one would you choose?
CC: If I could I would choose to have a cameo on the show "Modern Family." I really enjoy the series and find it very funny.
CalBears.com: Who is your biggest hero?
CC: My mom. She is the strongest lady I know.
CalBears.com: When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
CC: A softball player!
CalBears.com: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
CC: I would buy a Ford Shelby GT Mustang.
CalBears.com: What is one thing you can't live without?
CC: I cannot live without my family. They are always there for me when I need them.
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