[Karen Ambrose Hickey]
Surrounded by great players, most of them older than Schultz, in a whole new environment has been a grind – but she credits her support system at Stanford for getting her through.
"It's an experience that I can't compare to anything I've done," Schultz said. "We all have played travel ball, but nowhere near this level. When you travel with the team you learn a lot about yourself. We're on the quarter system, so it's 10 weeks of class, you figure out how to manage things. That's a big part of the experience."
Schultz hasn't been home since Christmas, and makes jokes to friends all the time how much she misses the Midwest.
She keeps close tabs on Oswego East's softball program, and her sister Ashley, as she continues on her own journey.
"I do miss teammates from back home, but it's been a great experience," Schultz said. "I've learned so much about myself figuring things out and starting over. It's been a whirlwind of emotions, but it's everything I expected and more."