By Allie Watson, MA in Journalism
Born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Harry Hall always knew he wanted to help others.
The University of Mississippi sociology major is looking forward to putting both his major and a minor in psychology to use once he graduates.
“Psychology is so fascinating to me. I enjoy learning why people are the way they are. I also love to learn and know interesting facts,” Hall said.
After graduating from St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs, Hall knew he wanted to experience an in-state, four-year university. Hall settled on the University of Mississippi, located five hours from home, before ever stepping foot on campus.
Once he arrived, Hall said Dr. Gray Flora, who oversees the Grove Scholars Program, made him feel at home from the start.
“Dr. Flora welcomed us to campus and not only gave a tour of campus but even took us around the Square. He helps us schedule our classes each semester, and he walks with us around campus according to our schedules, so we know where to go,” Hall said.
Hall encourages those interested in joining the Grove Scholars program to apply.
“Grove Scholars gave me a community here at Ole Miss. It truly helps me feel more like part of the university. It has given me so much,” Hall said.
Now a senior, Hall says there were times, early on, when he wanted to give up.
“But my parents and Dr. Flora encouraged me to keep at it. I am glad I did,” Hall said.
Hall plans to join a training program with the Biloxi Fire Department to work as a medic after graduation.
“I just want to make a difference and help people.”