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 Morgan Klaevemann, a freshman oufielder from Refugio, Texas.
Growing up in Texas, what is like to be so far from home?
It’s a challenge, being a grown up and doing everything by yourself. I’ve realized now how much my parents helped me in the past. But it has been an easier transition because my roommates have been so great. They’ve made me feel at home and especially with the family atmosphere of the team even though I’m away from home, I’m still around a family.
What are some of the differences between Texas and Florida?
The big one is that it never rains in Texas. I’ve probably been caught in the rain at least twice here. You know, you go to class at 11 am and it is sunny, and when you come out, it is pouring down rain. Also, it sometimes gets cold in Texas, but I’ve already had to go buy some jackets because I didn’t really have that many. So the weather is definitely different.
Also, I’ll make references to food from Texas, and no one knows what I’m talking about. The only person who really understands is Rylan. Recently, my parents brought some Mexican food from back home and I shared some with Korina and she was like, ‘What is this? This is heaven!’ So some big changes, but not any bad changes.
What would you like to do for a career after college?
Like many college kids, I’ve been changing it recently. But my goal right now is to be a physical therapist. I want to be in the medical field, but I don’t think I could handle the guts and gore of emergency rooms and stuff like that. With physical therapy, I can still be involved in sports. I don’t see myself involved in business, sitting in an office all day.
What is the best vacation you have taken?
It wasn’t a true vacation, because I went there with softball, but I really loved California. I like being outdoors and I could probably surf all day long every day. I was there with my family and my grandma was able to come along. So being there, sightseeing and seeing things that you wouldn’t see in Texas was a lot of fun.
What made you choose Florida State?
A big part of it is the coaches. You aren’t going to get more personable or down-to-earth people anywhere else. What they have here at Florida State is really unique and it’s not replicable. Just the family atmosphere, the program and the academics, it is all one package that I really liked.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
I look forward to getting in those big moments where you are playing a really good team and it is down to the wire, play-by-play, you know, where whoever gives in first is going to lose. Also, being around the team when they received their rings for winning last year’s ACC Championship, I definitely look forward to being in those big moments and being a part of something great like that so that I can get my own rings this time next year. I can’t wait to do that.
If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
I really wish I could play guitar, because you know in Texas you are supposed to know how to play guitar. I know how to play a saxophone, but a guitar would be really cool. I’ve tried to learn a bit on Youtube, but it is not the same. You can get a guitar and kind of strum on it and act like you are playing something, but it is just really cool when you put it all together and know what you are doing.