Chris Heckert

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All Your Favorites:

  • Food:   Homemade Chili Verde
  • Movie:   Forest Gump
  • Movie Character:   Bagger Vance (The Legend of Bagger Vance)
  • Book (Author):   The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
  • Book Character (what book?):   Yosarian (Catch 22)
  • Show:   Suits
  • Type of Music:   Alternative
  • Musical Artist or Band:  The Lumineers
  • Song (Artist):  Work it Out (Jurassic 5 ft. Dave Matthews)
  • Artist:  Picasso
  • Painting:   Guernica
  • City (foreign or domestic):  Pacifica, CA
  • State:   California
  • Country:  USA
  • Place (anywhere): Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Sport:   Basketball
  • Activity:   Skimboarding
  • Hobby:   Piano
  • Board Game:   Guess Who
  • Monopoly Piece:   Iron
  • Quote:   “The individual life is made significant by the struggle” – Eugene O’Neil

Why did you choose Santa Clara?
I chose Santa Clara primarily for the engineering program. 

What draws you to baseball? What makes it appealing to you? What is special about the college game?
Baseball challenges me to face adversity head on.  My last two years at Santa Clara I have struggled as a pitcher; however, through my failures, I have learned a lot about myself as a player.  Baseball exposed my weaknesses and forced me to get better at them.  What makes the college game so special is the competition amongst teammates pushing everyone to come to the yard everyday wanting to get better.

Who is your favorite guy on the team to compete with? To compete against? Why?
My favorite guy to compete with would be Nick Medeiros because he brings an intensity to the game that I admire.  My favorite guy to compete against would be Kenny Treadwell because although I’ll never be able to lift as much as him, I’d like to think I’m getting better by trying to.

Top 5 people, living or dead, to compete against? In what?

  • Chris Paul (Basketball)
  • Adam Richman (Eating Contest)
  • Miguel Cabrera (Baseball)
  • Jo Koi (Stand-up)
  • Ike (Making Sandwiches)

5 people, living or dead, to have coffee with?

  • Jackie Chan
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Santana
  • Will Smith
  • Robert Redford

What would you do with a billion dollars?
I would travel the world with my family and friends experiencing the culture of all the famous cities.  I would invest in the research and development of sustainable building practices.  I would buy a house off the Pacific Coast for my family.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years?
Raising a family in the Bay Area while researching and developing sustainable building practices.

What does your ideal day look like?
Wake up at 9 am, eat two breakfast burritos from Café Rosalina, head to the beach with some friends, pick up a few sandwiches from Columbo’s Deli on the way to the beach, spend the day skimboarding and body surfing, watch the sunset, eat dinner at Morton’s steak house, and end the day with the San Jose Bike Party every third Friday of the month.

What’s the #1 item on your Bucket List?
Vacation to Machu Picchu.

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