Meet The Cardinal: Tegan Schmidt

May 17, 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 Tegan Schmidt

A moment in my life I will always remember: High School Graduation and being named valedictorian
The most noteworthy thing about my hometown: Nothing. Its Rocklin, California
My first impression of Coach Rittman was: Intense yet down to earth
Talent I would most like to have: Airbending like Ang the Avatar
My parents’ occupations are: Father: Radiation Oncologist Mother: Student
Favorite napping spot: Maka Pennell’s Couch
The perfect meal includes: Pasta with chicken and marinara sauce, my mom’s garlic bread, huge glass of milk, then fresh home-made chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and Hershey’s syrup for dessert
My favorite thing about our team is: All the girls are amazing human beings
The furthest from home I have ever been is: Boston
The first sport I ever played was: T-ball for the Pirates
The person I would most like to meet is: Dale Chihuly
When I leave Stanford, I want to: Be in an MD PhD program
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: 24 hours is not enough for each day
My sports hero growing up was: My mom
My earliest sports memory is: Yelling at the boys when they ran towards third after hitting the ball off the T in T-ball
I collect: quotes
In my off-time, I’m most likely to be found: Reading
Something people would be surprised to know about me: I have a Black Belt in Tae Soo Do
The best thing about Stanford is: Everything
The biggest thrill of my life to date: Finding out that I was going to Stanford to play softball
Least Favorite Food: Soda
My favorite movie: The Fall
My favorite TV show: Bones
Ten years from now I hope to be: still in school
One wish I would make for the 21st century: The world change to all clean sources of energy
If I had to cook all of my meals, I’d probably survive on: Pasta
Sports teams I followed when I was younger: Dodgers
The place I’d most like to visit: The Louvre
I’m afraid of: Failure
Hidden talent: Ceramics (especially Raku)
My favorite place that I ever visited is: Maui
My favorite place on the Stanford campus is: Bench on fountain side of the art gallery, in the middle of the trees
My favorite class at Stanford has been: Strange Art, Stranger Politics
My primary inspiration in sports is: To be the best I can possibly be
I’m most thankful for: My Family
Best book I have ever read: The Naming
My parents were right when they told me: Bring a sweatshirt… it’s going to be cold 
After my Stanford career is over, I’d like to be remembered as: Hardworking and determined
The reason I chose Stanford University is: The happiest place on earth
My favorite thing to do on campus is: Talk to new people and discover unexpected and amazing things about them
I would love to trade places for a day with: Batman
My funniest teammate is: Maya Burns
The sport I am the worst at is: Basketball
My biggest pet peeve is: Hypocrites and when I can see earwax in people’s ears
If I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to: Costa Rica and go zip-lining through the rainforest
Favorite midnight snack: Anything chocolate with a glass of milk
Stanford softball will be fun to watch this year because: The great team dynamic
Favorite city: Santa Monica

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