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Here's something interesting... At FIU, Casals played her first season for head coach Beth Torina and assistant Lindsay Leftwich, a pair of coaches that are now better known as holding the same positions at LSU.
“Just because you made it on a college team does not mean that you have nothing else to work on or nothing else to learn. Everything in life is a lesson and the softball field is no exception. When I started playing college softball, the biggest reality check for me was that I no longer was the best player or star on the team. In high school and travel ball, I was used to being one of the top players, so I played all the time or I played multiple positions. However, at FIU, I was surrounded by twenty-five other girls who were also the star players on their team. I was surrounded by veterans who knew so much more than me and who were so much better than me. It is very easy to let that discourage you — do not allow it. Ask questions and work to improve yourself every day. When you are struggling with something, practice to get better.”
What's she up to now? After graduating with a criminal justice degree (as well as two minors, including psychology), Alex elected against pursuing law enforcement and instead headed to law school. She graduated in May in the top 6% of her class; during her schooling, she served on the Editorial Board of the Florida Coastal Law Review, a program where the top students of the school edit & publish law journals discussing various aspects of the law. She took the bar exam in July and earlier this week found out that she passed; she now moves on with the ambition of joining the State of Florida as a prosecutor.