Meet The Cardinal: Kelsey Gerhart

April 29, 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 freshman Kelsey Gerhart.

Nickname: Mouse
My goals for this season are: To contribute to the team’s efforts by any means
A moment in my life I will always remember: Getting accepted into Stanford
The most noteworthy thing about my hometown: There are more horses than people; Norco is known as Horse town USA
My first impression of Coach Rittman was: That he is a family man
Talent I would most like to have: The ability to sing
My parents’ occupations are: Father: High School teacher and head football coach; Mom: Special education teacher
Favorite napping spot: The hallway outside of my dorm room
The perfect meal includes: Baked potatoes and strawberries
My favorite thing about our team is: Our team chemistry
The furthest from home I have ever been is: New York
The first sport I ever played was: Softball
The person I would most like to meet is: Sigmund Freud
Superstitions/pregame rituals: None
When I leave Stanford, I want to: To attend medical school and become a child psychiatrist
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: How to survive with minimal sleep
My sports hero growing up was: My parents
My earliest sports memory is: Playing tee ball with my sisters and twin friends Kamerin and Kristen
I collect: Snapple caps
In my off-time, I’m most likely to be found: Napping and shopping
Something people would be surprised to know about me: I am a triplet
The best thing about Stanford is: The diversity of friends you make
The biggest thrill of my life to date: Watching my brother, Toby, become a Heisman finalist
Least Favorite Food: Seafood
My favorite movie: Stick It
My favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Ten years from now I hope to be: Making a difference in the world
One wish I would make for the 21st century: Discovering the cause and prevention of autism
If I had to cook all of my meals, I’d probably survive on: Yogurt and fruit
The place I’d most like to visit: Europe
I’m afraid of: Spiders
Hidden talent: Arguing
My favorite place that I ever visited is: Park City, Utah
My favorite place on the Stanford campus is: “The Gates of Hell”
My favorite class at Stanford has been: Women and Health Care
I’m most thankful for: My family
Best book I have ever read: Outliers
My parents were right when they told me: To stand up for what you believe
The best advice I ever received was: Don’t settle for being second best
After my Stanford career is over, I’d like to be remembered as: A National Champion
The reason I chose Stanford University is: The diversity and uniqueness of the student body
My favorite thing to do on campus is: Walking around campus and looking at the stars
I would love to trade places for a day with: Oprah Winfrey
My funniest teammate is: Maya Burns
The sport I am the worst at is: Soccer
My favorite softball memory is: Winning CIF my senior year of high school
My biggest pet peeve is: Fake people
Favorite midnight snack: A chocolate chip cookie and a Snapple from late night
Stanford softball will be fun to watch this year because: We are a talented and a highly motivated team

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