Enka alum Jasmine Palmer is a freshman infielder for the Florida State softball team and the subject of this profile piece currently on the Seminoles’ website:
There are several new members of the Florida State softball family for the 2015-16 season. Over the course of the remaining weeks leading up to Opening Day, we will be doing a “Getting To Know” series to introduce the new freshmen and transfer students to Seminole fans. Today, we will be talking with Jasmine Palmer, a freshman infielder from Biltmore Lake, N.C.
Palmer played for Enka High School as a shortstop where the Sugar Jets won the 2015 NCHSAA 3-A State Championship with an undefeated 28-0 record. She was named a Second Team All-American by MaxPreps, finishing with a .590 batting average with 27 RBIs, six doubles, three triples and six home runs. Palmer also earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference, All-Region and All-State honors in 2013 and 2014, while being named a Western North Carolina Athlete of the Week in 2014
She competed with the Carolina Elite travel ball teams, batting over .400 in each of her final three seasons, including a .526 average in the fall of 2014. Palmer also excelled academically, earning the Principal Award from Enka, finishing in the top 15 of her senior class and was a member of the National Honors Society.
How has your freshman year been so far?
It has been great. It’s a lot of fun.
What has been one of the most difficult challenges of transitioning to college?
Time management. That’s a big one, because we are on our own. Figuring out when to get extra work done, homework, study hall hours and everything.
How has your time at Florida State differed from your expectations?
It hasn’t really. It’s everything I thought it would be, honestly. It’s great, it’s awesome.
Do you have any pregame routines or superstitions?
I always put on my left sock on before my right sock, and my left shoe before my right shoe. That’s about it. And I always take a breath before stepping into the batter’s box.
What made you choose Florida State?
I really liked the campus and the atmosphere. I also wanted a challenge. I knew that coming here would make me a better ballplayer and better person. Also the coaching staff is the best in the nation.
What is your favorite memory from playing softball?
So far, it would have to be winning state championship my senior year in high school. It was the first time we’ve won it in 15 years, and that was really cool.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Hawaii. My family went out to Hawaii a couple of years ago for Christmas and that was a lot of fun. It was a great time.
What are thing you like to do for fun or to relax when you are outside of sports or school?
Take naps and just hang out. Back home, I like to hike and be outside with friends. There is a lake near our house, so we paddleboard, too.
What are you most looking forward to this season?
The postseason. Everyone talks about how awesome it is, and I can’t wait to get there and be in that atmosphere and environment.
If you could learn any skill, what would it be?
To hit left-handed. I’ve always wanted to be able to hit left-handed. Slapping and for power, I think that’s awesome.
What is one thing you really like about yourself?
I like how I can adapt to change, roll with the punches and be laid back about most things.
What would be a perfect afternoon for you?
A perfect afternoon would start with a great lunch, probably some spaghetti and meatballs or some home-cooked meal. Then practice and hanging out afterward, going back to the dorm and watching some TV and relaxing the rest of the night.