Catching Up With Shayla Starkenburg

Aug. 21, 2015


Q: Where are you spending your summer?
A: This summer I have been at home in Ankeny, Iowa.

Q: What are you doing there?
A: I’ve been enjoying my time at home by relaxing by our pool, spending time with my family and friends, working and working out.

Q: What does an average day on the job look like?
A: I got a fun job at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. I am technically a repair liaison; however, I also do some sales. My average day consists of working behind the repair counter and interacting with guests to help repair and clean their jewelry. I guess you could say I’m an intermediary between customers and the repair shop.

Q: What have you learned from working there?
A: It’s been interesting learning all about their jewelry products and timepieces. Working there has definitely raised my future ring expectations! I have learned so much about sales and customer relations in such a short amount of time, and I look forward to carrying that experience and knowledge with me in my future career.

Q: Favorite summer activities?
A: I have enjoyed laying out by the pool, eating home cooked food and pizza ranch, seeing friends, having bonfires, attending my hometown summerfest event, attending multiple Iowa Cubs games, going on long bike rides with my mom, traveling to the St. Louis area to pitch in women’s league tournaments, viewing multiple movies with my favorite movie theater popcorn, and riding in RAGBRAI!

Q: Favorite song to listen to in the summer? Why?
A: Fight Song by Rachel Platten just because it is catchy and whenever in comes on the radio, I can’t help but sing along!

Q: Favorite place to go in your summer city? Why?
A: I really in enjoy going all the way out the door to my backyard. Over the years my parents have made our backyard into a better homes and garden magazine cover. It’s so beautiful out there with a big pool and bonfire area. We call it our staycation, because it’s just a great spot to relax and kind of get away, just like a vacation.

Q: Best thing you’ve done so far this summer?
A: It is hard to narrow it down to just one thing because it has been a great summer, but I would have to say RAGBRAI. It was a great experience riding a bike across the great state of Iowa. We stopped in all the towns that we would ride through and ate tons of delicious foods.

Q: What do you miss the most about living in Iowa City?
A: The thing I miss the most is being near my teammates all the time and of course Formosa sushi.

Q: What was your biggest takeaway from last season?
A: There is so much to take away from last season, but I think the biggest thing would be that we have what it takes to be a dominant, successful team. We need to be more consistent in what we bring to every tournament and series, and if we can do that I am positive we will get the University of Iowa Softball program back on the map. We showed numerous times last season that we are capable of competing with the best in the nation, and we need to take the confidence we gained from those games and carry it into next season.

Q: How are you training for next season?
A: I’m training by doing our workouts, practicing my pitching, and competing in summer tournaments on a women’s team.

Q: What specific area of your game are you working on this summer?
A: My consistency with my pitching but mainly my change-up.

Q: What are you most excited about for the upcoming year? Why?
A: I am most excited to get back on the field and compete again. I cannot wait to just pick up where we left off and grow from there. I am really looking forward to another chance at post-season.

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