Get to Know Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a fall Q&A feature profiling Summit League SAAC representatives. These SAAC representatives provide a glimpse into their personal life away from their sport and what it is like being a student-athlete.
In this week's installment, a senior catcher on the South Dakota State softball team, Danielle Steffo, is profiled.
Name: Danielle Steffo
School: South Dakota State
Hometown: Mission Viejo, Calif.
High School: Tesoro
Major: Human Biology, Chemistry (minor)
What is your favorite vacation spot? Costa Rica
What is currently on your music play list? X Ambassadors radio on Pandora. I usually listen to a mix of hip-hop and country, depending on my mood.
What is your funniest memory from youth sports? One year my youth league had a mini fair with inflatable slides and I launched myself so hard down the slide that I ripped my pants. It's safe to say that I felt a very uncomfortable breeze after that.
Which actor/actress would play you in a movie? Probably someone awkward and somewhat nerdy like Emma Stone.
What do you remember about your first college competition? I remember thinking it was so strange to play softball inside on a turf field at Iowa State. Coming from California, we played outside every weekend of the year.
Who was your favorite athlete growing up? Matt Barkley who played at USC and is now in the NFL. I admired his leadership skills and ability to face adversity when USC was banned from bowl games.
Who is your favorite professional sports team? Da Bears
What are three things in life you couldn't live without? Coffee, my sisters, and sunsets.
Which three people would you want to have dinner with (current or historical)? Peyton Manning, Angelina Jolie, and Albert Einstein.
What is your favorite television show or movie? The Jurassic Park movies.
What is the best advice you've ever received? A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
What attracted you to your institution? I come from an area with big cities so I liked the idea of a small town feel, and the huge support from the community made it extremely welcoming.
What community service projects/organizations are you involved with outside of athletics? Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at my hometown food pantry.
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete? Hitting my first collegiate home run. We got the ball back so I could remember it forever.
What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete? I have learned so many lessons, but the most prevalent and the one that continues to teach me is when you think you've reached your limit and can't push yourself any further, you can.
What is your favorite spot on campus? The edge of campus where the university horses graze because it's a great place to watch the sunset.
What is your dream job/career? Being a physician assistant and traveling worldwide to treat others.
Do you have any superstitions? There are definitely good and bad luck hairstyles on game day.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I haven't traveled enough to choose another country to live in, so I would like to live in Montana because of how beautiful it is out there.
If you could have one superpower what would it be? The ability to fly because I could go wherever when I want.
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Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.