Kaitlyn Waslawski will be a St. Charles North senior in the fall. This week, she got a jump on classmates
by already outlining her college plans. A star second baseman for the North softball team, Waslawski “committed” to Ivy League member Princeton as she visited the school’s New Jersey campus for a team camp. In the latest edition of the Weekend Chit-chat, Waslawski, the owner of a 5.7 GPA on a 5.0 scale, discusses her decision and other topics with Kane County Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley. Here’s an edited transcript:
Ivy League commitments are a little different. What went on with the timetable?
Yeah, the Ivy League process is a lot different than just a normal college softball recruiting process. So it’s a lot longer. So I’ve been interested in the school for awhile and I’ve been to several camps. There is no technical verbal commitment for Ivy League, but the agreement was in the fall I’d be applying to Princeton, and the coach will be supporting my application. So that’s the terminology that goes with it. So that happened Tuesday morning. … I was [at Princeton] Monday and Tuesday for the camp.
When did they first show interest in you?
Late in the summer after my freshman year was the first time they ever watched me play, and in the past two years, I’ve been continually going to their camps. And so it’s kind of been throughout the years. Like I said, it’s more of an extended process than normal college recruiting.
Any family history up there?
I have family in the area, but no family history at the school.
I know you’ve still got a year of high school left, but has the Ivy League mystique sunk in at all?
Yeah, I’m extremely excited. It’s kind of unbelievable at this point, but it’s something I’ve worked at for, obviously, more than a year now. So I’m still really excited about it. Hasn’t really hit me yet. … I’m still undecided in my major, so I haven’t figured out quite what I want to do yet.
You’ve played second base for the North Stars. Will you play second base for the Tigers?
Um, it’ll actually be for outfield. … I play second base for North, and that’s one of my secondary positions for travel. I play center field … for the Wasco Diamonds.
Has the travel tournament schedule heated up yet?
Yeah, we’re in the middle of a really busy month, actually. We’re in Oklahoma City now and we’re going straight to Colorado on Monday, and we’re going to finish the season in Alabama [in early August]. So we’ve got a busy summer. … I like traveling a lot. Obviously I’ve been really busy, but I’ve gotten used to it, kind of.
Does that allow for a window for a family vacation?
It’s not on the schedule right now. We’re going to lots of cool places for softball, so that’s kind of turned into our vacation.
What’s on your summer reading list?
Hmm, my summer reading list. … I actually really enjoy [reading], I pretty much read anything anybody gives me. But I don’t have a book right now that I could name for you.