Where Are They Now: Kate Hall

by Megan Murray

sports editor

Kate Hall was a volleyball player and biochemistry major at Millsaps College, graduating in 2011. During her four-year volleyball career at Millsaps, the 5’11” Hall was a lethal outside hitter with a career-best 427 kills during her sophomore season at Millsaps. She was also selected third team all-conference her sophomore season and second team all-conference her junior year. Hall continues her athletic spirit by attending Coyote Crossfit in Madison, Mississippi, and competing in numerous Crossfit competitions around the Jackson metro area. She was also a member of the Chi Omega sorority at Millsaps. Hall was accepted to medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in December 2014 and will begin in August.19247_349224380782_66294_n

The Purple & White: What has your life been like since you graduated from Millsaps?
Kate Hall: Graduating from Millsaps was the saddest day of my life. After that I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Millsaps gave me all the tools to pick whatever kind of career I wanted to. Being a biology major, there were several options I could choose from. However, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. When I graduated I did some field biology research trips with Dr. Brent Hendrixson, and I really enjoyed those, but it just wasn’t what I wanted to do. After that, I shadowed a physical therapist for a while because it felt like a natural extension from being in athletics. After doing all that, I got accepted to the Masters program at Mississippi College and did really well in those classes. I wouldn’t have done well without [everything I learned from] Millsaps. Then I decided that medical school was the route I wanted to take. Millsaps allowed me to be a well-rounded student. Being in athletics, I was able to learn time management, which gave me a lot of skills that some people don’t have. Millsaps helped me prepare for [everything I have done in my life].

P&W: Who was your biggest motivator while you were at Millsaps?
KH: My biggest motivators were my professors. They were there for me and understood that athletics took up a lot of my time. They would let me take tests early or late and were very understanding. At the same time, they knew that my goal was to find a career that I enjoyed and loved… my reasons for going to Millsaps [were] education number one and athletics number two. My professors helped me seek out my goal. Dr. Brent Hendrixson was a big inspiration for me when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I graduated. He let me come on his research trips and try that out. Even though that wasn’t what I wanted to do, it all worked out in the end.

P&W: What are some of the best memories you had at Millsaps?
KH: My best memories would be traveling with my teammates on vans or buses [for away games]. We were like family and best friends. We shared everything and did everything together and we really worked well together. Traveling together was a lot of fun and I’ll never be able to replace that with anything else.1931037_1062887891562_7889_n

P&W: what was the biggest lesson you learned being a student-athlete at Millsaps?
KH: Being a student-athlete at Millsaps taught me a lot of things and skills that I wouldn’t have found anywhere else. The biggest lessons I learned would be working hard for something and time management. I don’t think I would have pursued medical school if it weren’t for Millsaps and being a student-athlete. When I want something, I will go after it and being a student-athlete at Millsaps taught me that.