Student-Athlete Question & Answer: Katelyn Nill

Junior pitcher answers questions about her Benedictine experience

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The following is a Question & Answer featuring Raven softball player Katelyn Nill, a junior Psychology major from Lenexa.

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Q. What are you hoping to do after you graduate from Benedictine next year?
A. I think I want to go to nursing school after.  I think I’m going to go four years with psychology and then do nursing after somewhere else, probably in Kansas City. My dad brought up (being a nurse) to me originally and I thought about it for a little bit because I’m not really a blood and shots person, but I figured I can get over that, so that’s what I want to start working towards.

Q. Was Benedictine your first choice for college?
A. Yeah, I was looking at a couple other places for softball, like Baker, but I came here and I loved the campus and the atmosphere and so I chose here.  I also knew the nursing program was just starting and that interested me and so all the factors just added up.

Q.  Has softball always been your favorite sport?
A. Not actually.  When I was younger, really young, I did dance and acrobats and stuff like that. As I got older I got into basketball and volleyball, and I was actually never that good at softball when I was little.  I was never really that coordinated and I was the clumsy kid, but when I started pitching I got more into it, and that’s when I started to love the sport. I loved competing and I think pitching is what kept me in it all these years. (In high school), I always wanted to play volleyball, but softball was a year round sport for me, because I played fall ball, and we played indoors in the winter.

Q. Would you have chosen Benedictine if softball wasn’t an option?
A. Oh, that’s a good question.  I don’t know.  My sister looked here too, but all my siblings went to KU, so I probably would’ve ended up there if I wasn’t playing softball, but I’m glad it brought me here.

Q. If you could do it over again would you pick Benedictine again or would you try the big school?
A. No, I think I would definitely stay here.  I like the small atmosphere and the small classes and everybody. It’s a great community to be around. I had a great group of friends my freshman year and even though some of them have left over the years, there are still so many great people here and it’s great to be around.

Q. What’s your favorite aspect about being a student-athlete?
A. It keeps me busy, which I like.  I think if I wasn’t playing softball, I’d get pretty bored—I’d have to find something else to do to stay busy and active.

Q. Do you find it difficult to have a social life outside of softball?
A. They tell us that it’s classes first and I think that’s a big difference here than at Division 1 schools, where the sport runs their life.  Here, during the off season, we get weekends off and we can focus on our studies as well as our sport and also have a social life, so that’s a big draw to going to a smaller school.  During season it’s hard to keep up with everybody else who is not on your team. Having friends in other sports, you don’t see them as much because you are busy with your own team.

Q. If you had to convince someone to play softball at Benedictine, what would you tell them?
A.  I think faith is a big part of it and the community here. Our softball team is very unique because we have gotten so close together and bonded so much every year with the new class that comes in. That is very important to new freshman because we do not exclude them because they are new or younger.

Q. How is it different being one of the upperclassmen on the team?
A. You just have more experience, and with more experience I have more confidence in myself.  What I’ve been through has helped me build my character and confidence in my pitching, and I think that’s a big part it.  This year we only have one senior, so it’s been a lot of the juniors stepping up and being leaders. That’s definitely been a big change for us, but we’ve come together more.

Q. What are your hobbies outside of softball?
A. I like art, I like to draw and I’ve lived off campus this year, so I’ve gotten into cooking a little bit more, just little things like that.