Cordes on the college life at Cal

By Codi Warren | Sept. 29, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)

Leading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, USA Softball Junior Women's National Team members Cheyenne Cordes, an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging biweekly for

September 29, 2011

Cordes: 'I love everything about Berkeley'

Hello softball world.

It’s Cheyenne Cordes and I am back for another blog.

I would like to start off by giving the Lady Magic 14-Under team a big congrats on their big come from behind National Championship win! You girls are awesome and will do big things. Every time you guys step on the field remember to play big, play with heart, and love the game. I love and miss you girls.

If you don’t already know, I am officially a University of California Berkeley Student Athlete. I have been waiting to say that since I verbally agreed to come here on July 15, 2008. My experience at Cal so far has been wonderful. Now that I am actually here living my dream, I would never choose to go anywhere else. I love everything about Berkeley.

My roomies, Danielle Henderson, Nikki Owens, and Bree Kostreba, are the best roomies you could ever ask for and we all get along great. What is unusual about our living situation is that we are all softball players, which in the past has not been allowed. The reason we are all allowed to room together is because we are in a very special dorm room called the Directors Suite. "Directors Suite" is code for a very large dorm with a kitchen that has all the appliances necessary. We are very lucky.

Now that I have been here for a little while I have learned to love walking. In Berkeley you do as the “Berkeley-ins” do, which is walk everywhere. There are pros and cons to the whole walking situation. The pros are walking off all the eating you do, and learning time management, because when you walk it takes a lot longer than driving. The cons are that when you have 7 a.m. workouts all the way up the hill you have to walk there. After workouts when you're tired, you still have to walk a long walk to class. To me things just balance themselves out.

My first college sporting event was the Cal verse Stanford volleyball game. If you don’t already know Stanford is Cal’s biggest rival. So with that being said the game was intense. After Cal defeated Stanford everyone exited the pavilion like always. But right out front of Haas there was a battle of the bands about to go down. The Stanford band was calling out the Cal band. The battle went on for so long that I had to leave and go home before it got too late because remember, we have to walk everywhere.

My next sporting event that I attended was the field hockey game, where I was a ball girl. I had so much fun that field hockey is now one of my new favorite sports. I also attended the first home football game at AT&T Park. Our football team plays there because Memorial Stadium's in the process of being redone. It was very strange watching a football game being played on the Giants baseball field. I really enjoyed the game because our football team took care of business and whoop some butt.

Softball in college is a bit different than I imagined. There are so many rules that the coaches have to follow and so many time limitations on what you can and cannot do. College softball also takes a lot of dedication on your part, because these coaches have all these rules that they must follow, it is up to you to make sure you're putting in the amount of work that is necessary for you to keep your game up. That being said, you also need to know your limits, because injuries can happen.

One thing that I love about Cal is that the field is left open all the time so I can go and get work in whenever I want to, and whenever is convenient for me and my class schedule.

I enjoy college classes way more than high school classes. For some reason to me they feel like they are on my time even when though they aren’t.

The one thing about college that you must never forget is that You are a STUDENT athlete. Student comes before athlete for a reason. If you don’t take school seriously then there will be no softball in your future.

I am most excited for this weekend. This weekend will be my first time wearing a Bear’s uniform. I have waited for the moment of putting on a college uniform ever since I watched Cal win the Women’s College World series in 2002. There are so many emotions going through me right now, I am mostly excited and anxious. I feel like this week is going to take a long time to pass because I am so looking forward to this weekend. The best part about not only putting on and playing in the Cal uniform is that my family, who has been there for me through it all with nothing but support, will be there sitting in the stands cheering the bears and I on for the first time ever with me being a part of the team.

Our tournament this weekend is in Stockton at Arniz Park, so if your around come support the Bears! Ohhhhhh, I can't wait.

The last thing I would like to talk about is South Africa. As many of you know, in December my girls and I on the Junior National Team will be going to Cape Town for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women's World Championships. I don’t know about everyone else, but I am counting down the days until we leave.

Going to Bogota, Colombia, for the qualifier was my first experience ever leaving the country. Let me tell you, coming home with the gold medal was the best feeling ever! Now that I am not a rookie traveler anymore I am hoping that we can do it again in Cape Town. I cannot wait to be reunited with my USA team, I miss all of you girls soooooo much.

Thanks for reading!

Chey Cordes
USA Softball

P.S. “Nothing is impossible to HER who believes…”