Meet The Cardinal: Ashley Hansen

April 8, 2010

Each week GoStanford.com will feature a Q&A with a different member of the 2010 Stanford Softball team. This week get to know sophomore Ashley Hansen.

Nickname: Ashy
My goals for this season are: To win a national championship!
The most noteworthy thing about my hometown: The amazing food.
My first impression of Coach Rittman was: What a family guy he is!
Talent I would most like to have: I really wish I could sing
My parents' occupations are: Mom-homemaker, Dad-car business
Favorite napping spot: Anywhere and everywhere. I love naps and can nap anywhere!
The perfect meal includes: Ice cream when I'm done eating
My favorite thing about our team is: That no matter what happens, my seesters are always there for me.
The furthest from home I have ever been is: Enschede, Holland
The first sport I ever played was: Tee-ball baseball
Superstitions/pregame rituals: Straighten my hair
When I leave Stanford, I want to: Make a lot of money, have a family and live happy
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: How important time management is
My earliest sports memory is: Playing five games back-to-back in New Mexico to qualify for 10-under ASA nationals
In my off-time, I'm most likely to be found: Taking naps
The best thing about Stanford is: Seeing Hoover Tower no matter where you are on campus
The biggest thrill of my life to date: Making the USA National team
Least Favorite Food: Tomatoes
My favorite movie: Benchwarmers
My favorite TV show: Sportscenter
Ten years from now I hope to be: Happy and healthy
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Cereal
The place I'd most like to visit: Bora Bora so I could stay in one of those huts with the see-thru glass floors
I'm afraid of: Needles
Over the summer, I: Played softball for the USA National team and traveled to Canada, Oklahoma City and Venezuela
My favorite place that I ever visited is: The Netherlands
My favorite place on the Stanford campus is: Studying in Old Union. Favorite sight is Hoover Tower though
My favorite class at Stanford has been: Rhetoric of Rock `n' Roll
My primary inspiration in sports is: To give back to the game that has given me so much. I want to give younger players the chance to someday play softball in the Olympics again
Favorite city: San Diego
I'm most thankful for: My family
Best book I have ever read: To Kill a Mockingbird and The Kite Runner
My parents were right when they told me: That I could achieve anything I set my mind to
The reason I chose Stanford University is: The combination of outstanding athletics and academics
I would love to trade places for a day with: Maya Burns
The talent I'd most like to have is: Ability to sing
My funniest teammate is: Maya Burns
The sport I am the worst at is: Soccer
My favorite softball memory is: Anytime I get to play while representing my country
My biggest pet peeve is: People who don't work hard
If I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to: Australia
Favorite midnight snack: Cereal
My most embarrassing moment was: Falling flat on my face during warm ups at my first collegiate tournament

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