There are several new members of the Florida State softball family for the 2014-15 season. Over the course of the remaining months 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 Jessica Warren, a freshman infielder from Tampa, Fla.
What has your freshman year been like so far?
It’s been great so far. The adjustment has been difficult, but all the girls on the team, all the coaches have really helped me adjust as far as softball. Like playing on the next level and with school, managing my time and everything.
What is one of the most difficult challenges of transitioning to college?
The most difficult part would be the workload from high school to college. High school wasn’t really work as far as homework and stuff, but in college there is a lot more that you have to do, and you have to do it right. You have to get it done, or you won’t be able to do what you love.
What goals do you have for this season?
Make it to the College World Series and win a national championship. Just go out there every day and work hard. Just work hard, keep working hard.
Do you have any pre-game routines or superstitions?
When I play, before I get into the batter’s box I’ll tap my ear and tap my leg just to block everything out and just focus on that one pitch at the moment.
What made you choose Florida State?
When I came on my official visit, all of the girls made me feel really welcome to the team. Like I was already a part of the team, when I wasn’t. The atmosphere was just great. This team’s like a big family and you don’t have to tell people that we’re a family. You can just come and you’ll feel it. It’s just a family away from home.
What is your favorite memory from playing softball?
I would have to say in one of my high school games, we played Plant High School, and there was a pitcher, she was really good, just a phenomenal pitcher. I was 3-for-4 against her and had three home runs in four plate appearances. That was pretty cool.
What are things you like to do for fun, or to relax, when you are outside of sports and school?
Try and catch up on sleep. If not, just talk to my mom. I take the chance to talk to my family whenever I can because being away from home you can’t really see them every day.”
What is your favorite song to sing on Karaoke?
What’s that song called? (starts humming a tune) “…making my way downtown, walking fast…” A Thousand Miles, by Vanessa Carlton. I would sing that. You can just always make that song fun.
Describe an event or person that helped shape you into the person you are today.
Sherman Johnson, my coach from high school ball and travel ball. Just growing up, he’s just really always been there for me. He’s helped me not only with softball but with school and just life in general. Just tips, and being a fatherly figure to me and just a role model and his family. Jim Wetzel, another really important person to me, has also always been there for me and has helped me throughout life in general too. Just whenever I’m down, to help me get up. Teaching me about adversity and everything, and how to get on with life.
What would you like to do for a career after college?
I’d like to stay involved in sports. I’m majoring in sports management right now. Hopefully one day I’d really like to be a college coach, teaching people what I’ll be learning and what I do know, and give them back what everybody gave to me. Possibly a trainer or something, too. Something involved around sports, I really love sports.