D1Softball, through the D1 Players Society, has partnered with UCF sophomore, Jada Cody to share her story about how she grew up on the west coast but found her home on the east coast.

Starting in Southern Cal

I lived in Southern California for most of my life before moving to Virginia. I was on the east coast from sixth grade all the way to my summer going into my freshman year of college, but my hometown has always been Murrieta, California.

Murrieta, which is located in between Los Angeles and San Diego, is a big-small city. What I mean by that is it’s a big city with a small-city feel. There are a lot of people but everyone knows each other.

One of my favorite things about my hometown is the mountains that are next to all of the houses. There is a popular spot in the city called The Lookout. You can drive three miles to the top of one of the mountains to see a view of the entire city. The best time to go up is right at sunset so you can watch it across the skyline. It makes for a really Instagram-worthy photo spot.

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Murrieta, so I always knew I wanted to go to school somewhere other than California. I didn’t have a specific state in mind, I just knew I wanted to be on the East Coast. I also knew I hated the cold, so Florida ended up being the best of both worlds.

The Recruiting Run Down

The recruiting process was really different for me compared to most people. I didn’t have a recruiting video or go to camps. I relied on showcases more to get my name out there to college coaches.

Looking back, I was very blessed in my recruiting journey because it was a stress-free process for the most part. The only stressful part was when I committed really early into my freshman year to a small D-I school, but I eventually de-committed the summer going into my senior year.

A few days after de-committing, I fell in love with UCF, and very shortly after I committed. I made my decision even before stepping foot on campus because I just knew it was the place I needed to be.

The main things that stood out about UCF were the location, weather, majors and campus. I could go on forever about my school but what really sold me was the culture and the vision of the softball program. The culture at UCF is something you can’t fake. It’s a true family that loves to be around each other, have a great time, and share the same vision.

Coming to Campus

Fast forward to 2019 when I arrived on campus as a freshman. I’ll admit it took me a little while to adjust to the overall atmosphere of Central Florida. There were people from all over the world in Orlando. The city was filled with people there for school, work, amusement parks and vacations, so there were a lot of different perspectives all in one place. Once I got the hang of navigating the city, I fell in love with it. I could honestly see myself living here once my college career is over.

As for now, my plan after college is to attend a top dental school on the East Coast because my ultimate goal is to become an orthodontist. Once I have a few years under my belt, I would like to open my own practices across the country. I have always had the passion to give back and I would love to have the opportunity to go to third world countries and educate them on teeth hygiene and equip them with dental supplies. When it’s all said and done, my end goal is to stay somewhere on the East Coast and start living my dream!

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