Inside Scoop: Christina Goswiller

April 22, 2009

Christina Goswiller comes to The Farm from Manhattan Beach, Calif., where she was a two-time MVP of the softball team at Mira Costa High School and a Rivals Top-100 Prospect for 2008. So far in her collegiate career, Christina has appeared in 16 games, made three starts and had 21 plate appearances. In February, she recorded her first collegiate hit, sending an RBI double to right field against Wagner.

Describe something you're NOT good at.

When I was younger I was really, really messy. The floor of my room was always covered in toys and clothes and my parents would joke that it was impossible for them to tuck me in at night without stepping on something. Specifically one time I remember my mom asked me to clean my room, and instead of doing any real work, I took everything that was on the floor and stuffed it into my closet. I even chose to hide my uneaten tuna sandwich from that school day's lunch behind a piece of furniture in my room. Of course, my mom figured out pretty fast when I was done so early that I had stuffed everything in the closet, but it wasn't until a month later when my room wreaked of rotten fish that she discovered the sandwich. Needless to say, I never heard the end of that one.

Is there anything you're 'addicted to' or spend a lot of time doing?

I am addicted to a couple of TV shows, mainly Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty. Even without a television at Stanford, I still find ways to watch my favorite shows, mainly online. I started watching these two in particular in my sophomore year of high school, and I have been hooked ever since! The worst part is that the plot of Grey's Anatomy in many cases ends up upsetting me, but I continue to watch it anyway. I swore to myself two years ago, that when the producers ended the season with Christina getting dumped at the altar by Burke I would never watch another episode, and yet here I am two years later without having missed an episode! It is, however, always fun to catch up with Hass the next day at practice about what happened the night before on our favorite show.

What did you write your Stanford admissions essay about?

I wrote my Stanford admissions essay about painting. Even though I rarely found the time during high school to paint, when I did it was probably one of the best ways for me to relax and get away from anything that was stressful. In my essay, I wrote about coming home from a softball game that my team had lost and painting to forget about the disappointment of the game.

Tell us about your hometown. If you were to take someone on a tour of the area, where would you go? Being from a SoCal beach town, did you surf when you were younger? Play any beach volleyball?

Manhattan Beach is the ultimate beach town. During the summer, you would be hard pressed to find someone not walking around in flip-flops with a volleyball or surfboard under one arm. If I were taking someone on a tour of the area, it would definitely include the beach, a walk to the end of the pier where there is a small aquarium, and then breakfast at The Kettle, Good Stuff or The Coffee Cart. When I was younger I tried surfing a couple of times (emphasis on tried!). I went to a summer camp called Surf Academy, that taught kids of all ages how to surf and about ocean safety. It was a lot of fun, but never got good enough to surf more than white wash (the wave after it breaks). My favorite memory of the camp was paddling out beyond where the waves break and playing games on our boards in the still water. Of course, trying to get back in was never fun, because we would always get pummeled by waves. My family used to play volleyball almost every weekend at the beach. A typical Saturday morning included going to The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the strand, and then either beach volleyball or a bike ride on the bike path that runs along the beach.

What's the best vacation you've ever taken? What was your favorite thing that you did there?

My best and favorite vacation I have ever taken was to France in my junior year of high school with my French class. It was amazing! We toured most of the country starting in the south in Nice, going as far north as Normandy, and then back down to Paris for the end of the trip. I absolutely loved Paris (who wouldn't) but my favorite part of the trip was probably going to Claude Monet's house in Givernie. His brightly colored pink house with green shutters is surrounded by the most beautiful garden I have ever seen, that includes the famous pond with lily pads and the Chinese Bridge. Because I love art, it was really cool to see these images in real life. I loved everything about France: the culture, the easy-going life style, the people, and I hope to one day live or study there.

Elaborate a little bit on your painting hobby. What is your favorite thing to paint? Is there anything particularly interesting that you've done or that you're especially proud of? Have you had a chance to take any art classes at Stanford yet?

Painting is definitely one of my favorite hobbies. I also draw with pencil, colored pencil, and with or on just about anything else (which sometimes includes doodling in notebooks during class). I don't really have a favorite thing to draw or paint. A lot of the time I paint something that randomly inspires me. It could be an ad I see in a magazine, or a favorite vacation spot; basically whatever makes me happy. I think I am most proud of an abstract painting I did two summers ago because it came completely from my imagination and I kind of made it up as I went. It was really fun to create because I got to fling paint, mix it with sand on the canvas, and run my fingers through it to create the look I wanted. Unfortunately I have not had the chance to take any art classes at Stanford yet. It may be really hard to fit into my schedule, but I would love to get some advice and formal training before I graduate!

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