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 Meghan King, a freshman pitcher from Parkland, Fla.
What has your freshman year been like so far?
My freshman year has been crazy. But also, I’ve never been happier. It was crazy at first because I’m still learning how to balance school, softball, sleep and everything, but it has definitely been a memorable experience.
What has been one of the most difficult challenges of transitioning to college from high school?
I think there have been two difficult challenges, one would be managing sleep. I normally don’t take naps and just sleep at night, but there has been so much going on that I feel like all I want to do is sleep. And it just hit me a few weeks ago that the homesickness kicked in. So I called my mom and it was really hard because it hit me like a brick wall. I wasn’t able to go home for Thanksgiving and it’s been hard to not see a lot of my friends and family from back home.
What is something you cannot live without?
My teddy bear. I’ve had it since the day I was born and my roommates give me a lot of crap for it. It’s a teddy bear, but my mom has re-coated it three different times with new fur because I loved it too much and hugged it too much and the fur is worn out. But Rylan and Ellie say that it looks like a mixture of a squirrel that has been run over by a car and a sea otter. But it really is a bear.
What are some things you like for fun or to relax outside of sports and school?
I love Netflix. But I also like to go outside and do other things. Just going outside and playing sports, throwing a football or a Frisbee. I also like to try new things. Since being here, I’ve enjoyed going to a new restaurant or to the Rez or something like that to keep doing something new every week.
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
I went with my best friend to the Bahamas and it was my first time leaving the country. I went on a cruise with her and her family. It was so cool because I was able to swim with dolphins and we went snorkeling and it was just a lot of fun. It was cool to leave the country and see how different people are and their different cultures. Also being on the water because I love the ocean.
What is your favorite memory from playing softball?
My favorite memory was playing at state for the first time in high school in 2013. First of all, it was because we hadn’t won states in 10 years, and I transferred into school that season. So it was crazy making friendships with the team so quickly, because I hadn’t been there the first two years. It was a crazy experience, especially all the hard work that the seniors put in and trying to be a leader myself as a junior along with my friend who is a catcher. Also, I had a concussion late in the season and was out for the full week of district finals, regional quarters and regional semis. I was able to come back and pitch the regional finals, state semis and state finals. So it was really crazy and memorable.
What made you choose Florida State?
It was honestly a very hard decision. I was very stressed at the time because it was overwhelming coming off of my decision to leave Maryland. But I went on the visit and knew that Coacha was recruiting me since I was a freshman, and that was different because Alabama and Auburn only showed interest once I dropped Maryland. But I felt like Coacha really looked at me as person and believed in me from the start. And once I did get out of my Maryland commitment, I really knew that she was going to count on me. When I went to the school, I really liked how all the athletic facilities are really close together. It makes all of the sports a tight-knit community. I fell in love with the girls on the team and, just after meeting them for an hour, I knew that they were an awesome group of people to be around. And the coaches are honestly the most crazy, outgoing coaches in the world. So I couldn’t be blessed more knowing that after moving away I needed another family and they have been awesome.
If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
If I could have any skill, it would be to dance. I know I can break it down, you know, with my crazy dance moves. But to actually dance, like the dance [Coach Quinn] taught us, I have absolutely no rhythm whatsoever. So if I could do anything, it would be to dance. Which I’m going to start taking dance classes, Rylan and I are. So maybe the skill will come true.
Describe your best or most favorite Christmas gift:
My parents, when I was about 10 years old, surprised me with Hannah Montana tickets and it was my first concert. So it was Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers and me and my sister went with my dad and it was really awesome. That was my favorite Christmas gift.
Do you have any pregame routines or superstitions?
Well, in the game, I have to lick my fingers in between each pitch. That’s a must. Before the game, I always have to have my hair braided in one French braid behind my back. And before each pitch, I always make eye contact with my centerfielder.
What goals do you have for the season?
One goal is to take as much information that I can from Lacey and learn from her. Also, I want to get stronger and get my spins on track and mentally learn about the game. I want to take away as much as I can so I can make an impact when I get out there.