Here are several new members of the Florida State softball family for the 2015-16 season. Over the course of the remaining weeks leading up to Opening Day, we will be doing a “Getting To Know” series to introduce the new freshmen and transfer students to Seminole fans. Today, we will be talking with Deja Bush, a freshman outfielder from Davie, Fla.
Bush is a speedy outfielder from Charles W. Flanagan High School who was named Freshman of the Year and also earned three Most Valuable Player honors during her career. She was an excellent hitter throughout her career, culminating with a .488 batting average during her senior season. Bush was also an impressive track athlete, jumping 11.22 meters in the triple jump and posting a mark of 11.85 seconds in the 100 meters.
She excels academically and was named Flanagan’s Scholar-Athlete of the school in 2015 and also earned Female Scholar-Athlete honors from the Broward County Athletic Association. She played for the Diamond Dusters and Gold Coast Hurricanes travel teams, placing seventh at ASA Nationals with the Hurricanes. She is the daughter of former Florida State and NFL football player, Devin Bush.
What has your freshman year been like so far?
Freshman year has been a bit overwhelming. I have a lot of new stuff that I need to learn that I didn’t realize I didn’t know, along with adjusting to classes and the study time. There is a lot going on, a little more than I expected honestly.
What has been one of the biggest challenges of college so far?
Staying focused. Because you are so used to your parents telling you what to do, when to do it, how to do it and when you get to college no one holds your hands any more. You need to think for yourself, do things for yourself. There is no more being treated like a kid, you are an adult now.
What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Alligator tail. It tastes like chicken.
Do you have any pregame routines or superstitions?
I think just good motivational talk. I picture that my dad is talking to me, and that helps a lot. Whenever I hear his voice, that helps me a lot.
What made you choose Florida State?
My parents went here and my dad always talked about how much fun he had with his team and his experience here. So when I met Coacha and all the athletes and students here, I just got that vibe that I would have a good time here. I felt like this is where I needed to be. At any other place, I felt like I was just a stranger, but here I felt like I actually meant something.
What is your favorite memory from playing softball?
Diving over a fence to catch a home run one time. I was 14 and playing with my travel ball team. I think it was in Orlando, that was really fun.
What are things you like to do to relax when you are outside of sports or school?
I like to watch funny movies, or bother Cali and Zoe.
If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?
I’d probably go to an animal shelter and play with the animals.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
The excitement and traveling. The atmosphere of actually playing in college. I feel like it is 10 times bigger than playing travel ball games. I’m ready to see what it is like.
Describe an event that has helped shape who you are today.
When I first started playing sports, I was kind of old. It wasn’t until I was 12 years old that I decided I wanted to play softball, because I was a cheerleader my whole life. My brother kept saying that I sucked whenever he came to my games, ‘All you do is strikeout, strikeout…’ So then, I got tired of him telling me I would strikeout and that I sucked, so that just motivated me to get better.
What is one thing you really like about yourself?
I’m very positive. If something negative happens, I can turn it into a positive. It may be a weird positive thing, but I can turn it around like a flip of a switch.
What would be a perfect afternoon for you?
Get done with practice, eat a good meal, watch a good movie with my friends and family and just knocking out.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?