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Katelynn Simpson finds home away from home at Andrew College
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For this week's edition, Katelynn Simpson took a few minutes to answer questions about her softball experience so far at Andrew College.

How has your athletic career been so far at Andrew College?
My athletic career at Andrew College has definitely been a learning experience. I constantly met new players who inspired me to become a better person and player. My freshman season was definitely a good start, but it's only the beginning; so I hope to continue growing and become the best person/player out there.

What were your expectations versus what has happened?
I was expecting everything to become 10X harder. Luckily, I got to know everybody on the team quickly and it felt like a home away from home.

What position are you playing?
At first, I was the utility player. I practically played everywhere in the infield and even some in right field. I didn't mind at all because I was able to get some playing time and it even helped me earn the starting position as the catcher next season!

How difficult is it to manage your schedule with classes and athletics?
At first it was hard because I didn't keep things organized. I quickly learned that it is better to do assignments as soon as possible and not the night before. It gets a bit overwhelming at times when the season picks up, but having great communication with the professors go a long way.

What is the atmosphere like at the collegiate level versus high school level?
Everybody seems to do more of their own thing in college than in high school. You take classes with people who share similar interests as you so it's cool that you get to meet new people from different places.

What about the level of competition?
It's definitely more intense because everybody is older and it becomes intimidating at times. Playing at a college level has definitely helped me see where I sit at with my skills and motivates me to become a better player.

How did your experience at Dawson County impact your collegiate career?
I grew up with everybody in Dawsonville. Coach Pruitt, my high school softball coach, always believed in me and pushed me to become a better player and person. I was definitely blessed being surrounded with many other coaches such as Sweat, Haynes, Hyams, Porter, and so many others that prepared me to become the college athlete that I am today.

Would you change anything if you could? If so, what?
I would change the fact that I was so hesitant about attending a junior college. I never put it in perspective that it gives me two extra years to improve academically and physically for the next level at a four year school.

What has been the best part of your time at Andrew College? Both individually and as a team?
The best part is the small town feeling. All of the students and professors know your name and being a part of this team has felt like joining another family.

What are you studying?
Exercise Science.

What would you like to do when you graduate?
I would like to continue going to school to receive my masters while becoming a physical therapist.

Do you get back to Dawsonville much?
I try to come back once a month when we have no games on the weekends.

Do you miss it?
I miss it occasionally, but it has been a great learning experience that I wouldn't want to change.

What is the off-season like for you?
I try to stay busy by either working or preparing for the next season. I also try to see my friends and family as much as possible.

What are your career goals?
My goal is to be able to live comfortably as a successful physical therapist helping future athletes.