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Nov. 2, 2011

Getting to Know the Freshmen: Jordan Fannin

Freshman Jordan Fannin has traded in her cowgirl boots and Texas home for a softball glove in the Steel City. A native of Houston, Fannin is one of eight freshmen to join the 2012 Pitt Panthers softball team. As the fall season has come to a close, Fannin looks forward to the spring and reflects on her experiences on and off the field here at Pitt.

Fannin, an outfielder, feels her team has a lot to look forward to this spring. "I think we're going to go above and beyond everyone's expectations," Fannin said. "We're working hard and it will pay off."

When Fannin said that the Panthers work hard, she was not exaggerating. She admits that playing softball at the college level is more demanding than what she was used to in the past. "When I was in high school, we practiced two hours a day. Here, it's four hours a day, every single day. You have to be committed."

Fannin is not alone. She is part of a large freshman class of student-athletes who are making the same adjustments. "I live with seven of my teammates," Fannin shared. "We do everything together. It's easier when you have half of the team on your side."

Not only have Fannin's teammates helped her transition into college life, but she has found that the coaches and the upperclassmen have been supportive as well. They all influenced her decision in coming to the University of Pittsburgh. Fannin is grateful to have felt so welcomed, first by the coaches, then by her teammates and finally by the city.

Being from the south, Fannin was forced to make some changes in order to adjust to college life in the city. She had to learn to become more independent, just like every young college student. "I didn't know how to do laundry before I got here!" she confessed. But she has found that there are a number of benefits that come with living in the city. "Everything is close together. You can go down the hill to eat or go shopping. You can also take the bus everywhere you need to go." She enjoys these simple conveniences in comparison to her lifestyle in Texas. "I come from a smaller town," she said. "We don't have any buses, so you drive everywhere you need to go. It's not in the middle of the city, so it's different."

Though the scenery may be different, Fannin still enjoys the things she has grown to love back home. Her favorite movie is Just Go With It, featuring one of her favorite actors Adam Sandler. Her love of rap music has developed into part of her pregame ritual. "During the fall we took a van to our games, but we usually blared music to get pumped up," Fannin said. "We had a good time laughing, singing and dancing." Fannin's favorite rappers include Kid Cudi and Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa. She adds that she bonds with her roommates while watching one of her favorite television shows, Extreme Couponing.

Fannin is thankful for her coaches and teammates. She feels that being part of a team will play an important part in helping her through her collegiate journey. "Being a student-athlete you are constantly working hard and being a part of a team takes a lot of pressure off you at the end of the day," she stated. "You get to relax and hang out with the girls and it just makes it a lot easier."

Getting to Know the Freshmen: Jordan Fannin

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