A Q&A with a Rochester College student athlete Zoey Humes
by Ryan King
Zoey Humes is a freshman outfield on RC’s softball team. She is a health science major from Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Q: Did you play sports in high school?
A: “I played volleyball and softball all 4 years of high school.”
Q: How do you manage your time to fit around practice?
A: “Right now we have morning practices, so I do homework and other stuff in the afternoons so it works out perfectly!”
Q: Do you have any before/after game traditions?
A: “I play with my lucky rock I keep in my back pocket.”
Q: What goes through your mind before a big game?
A: “I usually go through all the small things I had to tweak in practice and all of the adjustments I’ve made and make sure I keep doing them.”
Q: What is the team chemistry like?
A: “At first it was rocky, which is to be expected from a first-year team, but now we’re all comfortable and close with each other.”
Q: When and why did you start playing for RC?
A: “Fall semester 2016- because I received a scholarship and really liked the campus when I came to visit.”
Q: In what ways have you overcome adversity?
A: “It’s not easy, but most of the time, I try to step back and take a breather and see if there’s a different way I can do something.”
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of the sport, and what have you personally learned?
A: “I think the most challenging thing is not getting down after a bad play or a strikeout. I’ve learned to keep moving forward with the game because you can’t dwell on the mistakes. I’ve also learned that sometimes you need to ask for help to realize what you’re doing wrong.”
Q: What is your most embarrassing moment?
A: “My most embarrassing moment was in high school. I was a pitcher and I released the ball too early and it went straight down in the dirt behind me.”
Q: Do you learn more from winning or losing?
A: “I would say I learn equally the same amount, just with different things. Winning, you learn what it’s like to really play as a team, and how the chemistry between teammates has to be, whereas losing, you learn what is lacking and what the weaknesses are.”