Cailynn Wichman: Outfielder with a huge heart

The world needs more people like senior outfielder Cailynn Wichman, says Head Softball Coach Jackie Sernek ’14.

Cailynn Wichman“Cailynn is overall one of the kindest players who tries to look at perspectives rather than judging for her teammates or situations around her,” Sernek says. “She has a huge heart and I think that is what our world needs more of.”

This kinesiology and psychology double major is heavily involved on campus. Besides softball, she volunteers as a third-grade Lunch Buddy, is treasurer of Kappa Theta, and serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. She also is a student worker for Cornell’s Sports Information Director Kerry Kahl.

“Seeing what he does on a daily basis for all of the sports teams at Cornell is very admirable,” she says. “Being able to see all that goes into what he does for Cornell athletics is something I wish every student athlete was able to see.”

She followed her brother, baseball player Caleb Wichman ’19, to Cornell, but has certainly come out from under his shadow.

“The opportunity to play the sport I love while also being a student has shaped me into the person I am today,” she says. “Being able to receive a quality education at Cornell and also playing softball has greatly benefited me in many ways. You learn time management, organization, life skills, and much more.”

Wichman’s favorite course has been Memory and Cognition with Assistant Professor of Psychology Steven Neese: “I was able to work alongside my group members in making a movie trailer which was very interesting. We also learned about many different theories, and Steven has so many creative ways of teaching them and making the classroom more enjoyable.”