Adams preparing to join her new team
Mon. May 06, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. | By By Robert Demetrious | StarNews Correspondent
Former Hoggard High School softball player Jordan Adams wrapped her college eligibility this spring at Methodist. Now, the real world awaits. (Photo by Courtesy Methodist University)
Everyone hangs up the cleats at some point. Whether it’s little league, high school, or even a professional level, everyone stops playing eventually.
For college athletes, the transition into a post-grad life can be difficult or even scary.
Former Hoggard softball player Jordan Adams had a very good playing career at Methodist University. The commitment to play for the Monarchs enabled the former Viking to continue playing a game she loves and receive a solid education. Only a week from graduating, Adams is about to embark on the game of her life.
“It’s a little scary,” said Adams. “The real world is something I’m not sure I’m ready for. Going to be weird not going to school. I’m gonna have to find a job and making a living for myself.”
As Adams begins the journey into life after college, she is a freshman all over again, trying to earn her spot.
“I had my first interview this past Wednesday,” said Adams. “It was exciting to get to experience that. My professor prepared me for what to expect how to present myself. It helped me shake the nerves but it was still extremely nerve wrecking.”
Driven to succeed, Adams will find a job. But she is aware that once she does land somewhere, she will be introduced to a new team and new teammates, something that will take some getting used to, as it is for a college freshman.
“They’re both nerve-wrecking experiences,” said Adams. You don’t know what to expect coming into a new school, where you are, don’t know anyone, balancing school and softball, it can be scary. I won’t know the people around me or what to expect with the job. But I believe I am prepared for it.”
As a player, Adams brought great effort, trying to do whatever was necessary to help her team be successful. Her positive attitude will be a critical tool during this new process.
“I grew up being creative and crafty,” said Adams. “Improvising to make the play. Doing whatever it takes to make a play of get an out or get on base. I know it’s going to be hard but I am prepared for the next chapter of my life.”
Adams’ final season with the Monarchs wasn’t exactly a swan song. After a earning USA South First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honors as a junior, batting over .400 and leading the team in hits, she struggled in her last season, hitting only .256.
“It was definitely frustrating,” said Adams. “I had to look at it like it was my best year and make the best of it because I’m not going to get this opportunity again. I had to stay focused on the positive and what I did last year. I couldn’t let it affect the other aspects of my game and the team.”
Playing through the biggest slump in her career, Adams never let down her guard as a leader on and off the field.
“We had a young team this year so there was definitely a learning curve,” said Adams. “Despite my personal struggles, we had to focus on the positive and the things we’re doing well rather than the one aspect you’re not. There are so many aspects of the game of softball, therefore you can build your confidence get back around to it.”
Adams probably would have changed the script on the field her senior year, in hopes of playing up to her ability. But she realizes the season is over and she is moving forward. Through the ups and downs during her career, she has grown up.
“Definitely sad leaving something you’ve been doing your whole life,” said Adams. “But I’m excited about what the future has in store. I’ve grown mentally and as a person, and because of the opportunity to play for and attend Methodist University, I had the chance to meet and work with so many new people.”