Student-Athlete Spotlight: Shelby Gogreve, Softball
April 25, 2014
Bloomington, Ind. -- Recently the Indiana University Varsity Club had the opportunity to speak with Shelby Gogreve, a senior on the IU softball team and aspiring singer. Shelby discussed her athletic career, her experiences on stage, and her plans after graduation.
Hometown: South Pasadena, CA
Year in School & Major: Senior, Arts Management
Q: Why did you choose Indiana University?
A: When my recruiting process started, I knew that I was interested in leaving California and experiencing another part of the country. When Coach Gardner asked me to come visit the school and I was able to witness the sheer beauty of the campus and city of Bloomington, I was immediately interested. Once I learned about the diversity of the campus, the prestigious departments, and the unique events, such as Little 500, I knew that I would find the college experience I was looking for coming to IU.
When I committed to Indiana during my junior year of high school, my sister was already in her sophomore season at the University of South Carolina. She decided that transferring was in her best interest and Coach Michelle Gardner was able to watch her play. After she took a few different visits, she also found that IU was the best fit for her. In addition to her transfer, Cassie was able to gain a year of eligibility back when IU helped her obtain a redshirt year from her time at USC. So, instead of just playing one year together we were able to play two. Things couldn’t have possibly worked out any better for Cassie and me.
Q: What was the biggest adjustment for you when coming to Indiana from California?
A: The biggest adjustment that I had to make was adjusting to the size of the school. I came from a very small high school and making the leap to such a large university was exciting, yet frightening at the same time. Fortunately, IU is great at helping its students find their niche. Between being an athlete and an arts management student, I was able to find a way to make the school and my environment seem a little smaller and more intimate.
Q: How would you interpret the Spirit of Indiana?
A: The Spirit of Indiana is one of a kind. Even in California, IU and the Hoosier spirit is well known (even if they can’t really grasp exactly what a Hoosier is). Hoosier Nation is a force to be reckoned with. From alumni we meet in different airports around the country, to students on campus, teachers, the athletic department, Varsity Club members, local businesses, my fellow student athletes, and our gameday fans – their support is invaluable and motivates me to be the best that I can possibly be. The Spirit of Indiana ranges from the screaming student sections for our 24 sports, to the alumni watching BTN from across the country, and the basketball fans in their 30th year as a season ticket holder. The Spirit of Indiana has a depth and sincerity that is endless and it is a blessing to be a part of something like that.
Q: What does it mean to you to wear the cream and crimson and represent Indiana University when you play?
A: There is absolutely no feeling like walking into your locker room and seeing your pristine jersey hanging from your locker. When my teammates and I see our jerseys, button them up, and walk out of our clubhouse we know that we aren’t merely representing ourselves. We represent every softball player to ever come through the Indiana softball program in addition to all of the donors, fans, administrators and volunteers that make gameday possible. We represent the glory of old IU, IU today, and the future of our program. What we represent is bigger than ourselves and could never exist without every individual person that has ever worn cream and crimson.
Q: What has IU Softball given you that may not have been possible at another school?
A: The connections I have made and relationships that I have built at IU are invaluable to me. I have had the opportunity to spend four years playing for a coaching staff and athletic department that care about me and my growth as a person and student-athlete. My coaches, teammates, and the athletic department have always supported my interest in singing and I will forever be grateful for that. At IU, I have been able to explore who I am and who I want to be, and I wouldn’t trade my experience as an Indiana Hoosier for anything.
Q: You’ve sung at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase (IU’s end-of-year event for student-athletes) the past 3 years. Where else have you sung and is singing similar to playing sports for you?
A: I have had the opportunity to sing at a few different venues around town such as the Bluebird, the national anthem at different sporting events, and for a few different Varsity Club events (including the inaugural event for Andy Mohr Field). I have been interested in singing and performing as far back as my earliest memories. When I was six, my parents started me in singing lessons. They have always been extremely supportive of any venture my sister and I have wished to take on.
Singing and athletics represent different key parts of my personality. When I play softball I get to compete and go into battle with my teammates, guns blazing, whereas when I stand on stage I allow myself to put down my guard and connect with the people that I am singing for. I am extremely passionate about both singing and softball.
Q: What are your plans after you leave IU?
A: My immediate plan is to go back to California and work on my singing, my songwriting, and musicianship as a whole to give myself a good shot at having a successful and sustainable singing career. Ideally, I would love to get to a place where I can be both a recording and touring artist.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the new Andy Mohr Field?
A: Andy Mohr Field is incredible. My favorite thing is the 24/7 access that we have to the hitting facility. It was such an upgrade from our outdoor cages and has allowed us to get extra work in around our classes. I felt so grateful and fortunate to be on the team when our stadium was finished. There was so much excitement around it, and we were so excited to show it off to the other Big Ten teams. I think we all felt a bit guilty at first that our old teammates had just missed the field’s completion, but we got over that pretty quickly!
Q: As a scholarship athlete, how do you feel you benefit most by the scholarship you receive from our Varsity Club donors?
A: If it weren’t for the scholarship that I receive from our Varsity Club donors I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to travel across the nation and experience four incredible years as a Hoosier. The gratitude I feel for having the opportunity to play the sport I love, for a school I love, while I study a topic that I love is indescribable. Thank you, Varsity Club, for all that you have done for Indiana student athletes! Your impact is immeasurable.
Q: If you had the opportunity to meet the donors that provided your scholarship, what would you say to them ?
A: I would express how much their generosity has impacted my life. By trusting me with their donation, they have allowed me to get a first class education, represent a world-renowned institution, spend four more years of my life competing as a collegiate softball player, and make memories that will last a lifetime. They have helped shape my future, and for that I am eternally grateful. I hope that in my four years as an Indiana Hoosier I have been able to make them proud.
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