March 7, 2005
My next interview is with freshman Tiffany McDonald. She is one of my favorite freshmen (but of course I love them all). She has come all the way across the U.S. from Washington and adjusted to the Southeast, college life, and the demands of school and softball very well. She has big shoes to fill after losing Jessica van der Linden but I have no doubt she has the potential to be FSU’s next star. Tiffany brings many great qualities to the team. She is a leader. She has an amazing work ethic. She gives 100 percent everyday. Her poise and determination are admirable. Tiffany not only is destined for great accomplishments on the field but off the field she is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Here’s some insight into freshmen pitcher Tiffany McDonald, who is 7-0 on the season upon entering the series with NC State…
What was the biggest factor in your choice to become a Seminole?
Gosh, there were so many factors. I just loved the school. I had a gut feeling about it. No other school compared to how well my visit went here at Florida State. Everything was bigger and better here at Florida State: the girls on the team, the competitive nature of the team, knowing I was going to a team that was really good and would have the chance to go to the World Series. I really liked the chemistry and the fun the girls had together on and off the field.
How was your freshman transition from the small town of Belfair, Washington to Tallahassee, Florida?
Definitely an eye-opener coming from a small, one stop light town like Belfair. It has been a hard transition because I had to leave my family but it’s been a great experience. School was hard, and it piled up quickly with my hectic schedule. Balancing high school grades and sports are a lot different than balancing the college load. I learned to adjust fast or I would risk falling behind.
Who or what has been most helpful in your transition?
I would say the team again. It’s nice to relate with the other freshmen since we are going through the same thing. I have become pretty close with Brittany [Osmon]and we have helped each other through the transition. But I also have gotten help and advice from some of the older girls on the team.
What do you miss most about home?
My family, definitely. And then the comfort of a small town and familiarity.
What do you like most about Florida State?
From a student-athlete’s perspective, the whole community is friendly and always willing to go out of their way to make me feel comfortable. The tradition has been amazing here at FSU. It’s the whole environment of the school, the school spirit. It’s nice to know that everyone supports each other.
How did you feel pitching your first collegiate game at Florida State?
Holy Moly! I was excited. For the first time in my life I was not nervous. It might have been because I didn’t have time to be nervous because I went in for Casey [Hunter]who was not feeling well. It was almost refreshing. It had been like I had been waiting my whole life for that moment.
How have you liked working with the new pitching coach, Megan Matthews Buning?
She is very intense. But she brings a great intensity that I have added to my game. It has been a very positive experience. She has been very helpful in adjusting my game fundamentally and to be ready for the college level. She wants to make me better and I know she has confidence in me, which is a great feeling.
What exciting things can you tell me about the freshman class?
In general, we are really good. We bring a lot of energy. It is exciting that we can only get better. We bonded really fast.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Cocky people. I think it is important to have confidence but also stay level headed.
You are faced with three options. There is a bag of hope, joy and a bag of money…which do you choose?
Money is not important to me, it quickly left my mind. I would say hope because you can get joy from hope. Hope is something everyone needs. I would love to have a life of hope. Hope means faith.
Stay posted for another interview next week with an important member of our staff…..
Hope everyone has a great Spring Break! Go Noles!