Senior Q&A With Shannon Houston

June 7, 2010

BERKELEY - Senior outfielder Shannon Houston came to Berkeley by way of New Egypt, N.J. During her freshman year in 2007, Houston was utilized primarily as a pinch runner, scoring 22 runs and recording 12 stolen bases. As a sophomore, she tallied her first career grand slam and, in 2009, she finished the year with 38 appearances and 16 starts. As a senior, Shannon has tallied six hits and stole two bases for the Bears. Houston will graduate this summer with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, with hopes for a career in marketing or event planning. What is your best Cal story or favorite Cal experience?
Shannon Houston:
During team bonding, I was asked what it means to be a Bear. I replied 'Grrrraaaaaahhhhhh!' What will you miss most about Cal?
I am going to miss being a part of a team that spends more time together than any other program on campus. The constant traveling and forgetting luggage make our team very close. What are your career plans and what are you plans after graduation?
I will hopefully get a job in either the marketing field or as an event planner. Has Cal lived up to or has it been different and/or better than the expectations you had of it as a freshman?
It has been pretty much what I expected - a lot of hard work on and off the field. What has been the most embarrassing thing in your years at Cal?
Probably freshman year when Vernae Sevilla and I were waiting at the bus stop for the seven line, and we decided to get on it going the other way because it was freezing cold. I thought It would turn around after a few stops but we ended up at the Rockridge BART station and didn't end up getting to the Student Learning Center on campus until an hour and a half later. What is your favorite place to eat or go in Berkeley?
Café Intermetzo, now Café Mattina. What advice would you give to freshmen?
I would tell the freshman to learn to stay on top of their reading because it can become overwhelming. I would also advise them to take advantage of the education they are getting because it truly is one of the best and sometimes student-athletes can take it for granted. What was the best class you took here?
Education 75 with Derek Van Rheenen. What made you choose Cal?
The prestigious academic standards and competitive athletics. Do you have a favorite game or play or road trip?
My favorite trip was when we were in Hawaii, and we had a military-style practice in the rain with strength coach Ken Miller.



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