Last week, Taylor Lee shared with CalBears.com her secrets to balancing softball and studying in the second installment of Cal softball’s Freshman Follow-Up. Now, Jasmin Mejia continues the streak by sharing her own secret to securing a 4.0 GPA in her first year on campus, plus explains how she really feels about the loud, proud Bear fans.
CalBears.com: What was your favorite part about your first year of collegiate softball?
Jasmin Mejia: Throughout my first year of collegiate softball, my favorite part was playing in front of the huge crowds and knowing we have so much support. Every weekend we had a crowd of people to root for us. Family, Friends and even people we have never met. It’s great knowing we have so many people standing behind us through the good times and the bad.
CalBears.com: What was your favorite softball game or series in 2013, and why?
JM: My favorite softball series was traveling to University of Arizona. It was our first time traveling for Pac-12 and everything hit me all at once that the season was really here. Things flew by so fast to get to that point of the season.
CalBears.com: What was your favorite class?
JM: My favorite class was psychology because I love learning about people and I find the human mind very interesting.
CalBears.com: What is the best part about being a student-athlete at Cal?
JM: The best part about being a student athlete at Cal is that you’re competing with the best not only on the field but in the classroom as well.
CalBears.com: What is the best thing you learned your freshman year (either on the field or in the classroom)?
JM: The most important thing I learned is that you need to be a team to win.
CalBears.com: What was your secret to balancing elite softball with world-class academics?
JM: Balancing elite softball and world-class academics is all about time management and getting your schoolwork done first.
CalBears.com: What advice would you give to your new freshmen teammates?
JM: As advice for incoming freshmen, I would just have to say come into college mentally prepared. Stay focused on what you came here for and how you can achieve those goals.