Katherine Hall, FCRH '10
Katherine Hall is a 2010 alumna of Fordham College at Rose Hill.
Without the opportunity to attend Fordham on an athletic scholarship, Katherine Hall says she would have missed much more than the chance to compete in rowing. "Community service was part of our team commitment," she says. "As a team, we visited a public health clinic in the Bronx to read to the children in the waiting room." Hall also volunteered for the HOPE (Homeless Outreach Population Estimate) count, an annual census of homeless people in New York City.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Hall says that the half-tuition varsity scholarship she received while at Fordham fulfilled her dream to attend college in a big city. "The first week so far from my family was scary for me, and it would have been easy for me to turn around and go home. But Fordham makes you feel welcome and gets you involved with a group in your residence hall. You feel a sense of community."
Having a roommate who was active in Campus Ministry helped her learn about opportunities for meditations and services that allowed her to practice her faith. "When you train and compete in a varsity sport, the combination of academics and athletics can be very demanding. My scholarship required me to maintain a 3.0 average, so it seemed that there was never enough time. Daily meditation with other students kept me grounded."
Through the attention of her professors and field trips to historical sites in the city such as Ellis Island, Hall discovered a love for history. "My professors made history come alive for me; they always made class interesting and were available to help me after class. I feel that they really cared for me as a whole person. They made me realize that I wanted to conduct research abroad to learn more about the world."