We round out this year’s Freshman Follow-Up series by spotlighting Nisa Ontiveros, a Bakersfield, Calif. product who appeared in 23 games for the Golden Bears.
CalBears.com: What was your favorite part about your first year of collegiate softball?
Nisa Ontiveros: My favorite part about my first year was experiencing the game at a whole new level and creating a bond with my teammates.
CalBears.com: What was your favorite softball game or series this season, and why?
NO: My favorite series this season was the Utah series because it was the first series of Pac-12 play and the start of our season play.
CalBears.com: What was your favorite class?
NO: My favorite class was psychology. Taking the class explained why people react a certain way to different situations and opened my mind to new concepts.
CalBears.com: What is the best part about being a student-athlete at Cal?
NO: The best part about being a student-athlete at Cal is that I get to play the sport I love at a competitive level and also receive a top-notch education.
CalBears.com: What is the best thing you learned your freshman year (either on the field or in the classroom)?
NO: The best thing I learned all year was to get one percent better each day, whether it be in the classroom or on the field.
CalBears.com: What are you most excited about for next softball season? What are you looking forward to in your academics?
NO: I am most excited to get back on the field and improve from last year. In academics I look forward to taking new classes and finding a major that interests me.
CalBears.com: What surprised you the most about your freshman year?
NO: What surprised me the most about freshman year was how often I found myself tired from school, softball and traveling.
CalBears.com: What was your secret to balancing elite softball with world-class academics?
NO: My secret to balancing everything was keeping a calendar with important dates, such as when assignments were due, dates for midterms and finals, and dates we were leaving for games. Another helpful tool was my counselor, Cassidy (Raher), who I talked to every week to help keep me on track.
CalBears.com: What advice would you give to your new freshmen teammates?
NO: Use the resources that are available to you because it makes freshman year a lot easier than trying to do everything on your own.