Mary-Frances Hall, a native of State Road, North Carolina, graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 2018 with a degree in neuroscience. While at Washington and Lee, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, and she served as co-captain of the Women’s Golf Team, garnering All-American honors and four individual tournament wins during her four years. On campus, she served as a tour-guide with the University Ambassadors and as a research assistant in the Neuroscience Department. She enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer with a local YMCA public health initiative and to serve as Chi Omega’s Philanthropy Chair. Mary-Frances plans to attend medical school after her year with Impact America.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love hiking and being outdoors, watching movies, or sitting down with a book and a cup of coffee. I also really enjoy walking and playing golf with friends, my family, or just music and headphones.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
The Blue Ridge parkway sat about twenty minutes away from my college campus. Over my four years, there were numerous mornings we got up early with our coffee to sit at one of the overlooks and watch the sunrise and then go to Waffle House for breakfast. And there were numerous evenings we went to overlooks with dinner to have a picnic and watch the sunset. These evenings and mornings spent on the parkway with friends, sitting and laughing on a blanket, looking at the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, are some of my fondest college memories.

What is your favorite quote from a book. Film, or songs?
“And I’ve not seen the roaring fields in so long, I know I’ve grown
but I can’t wait to go home
I’m on my way
Driving at 90 down those country lanes”    –Ed Sheeran, “Castle on the Hill”

No, I didn’t grow up in the English countryside like Ed Sheeran is describing, but every time I listen to this song it reminds me of the very small and rural town I grew up in in North Carolina. I would play it when I drove home from school, and it would always lead me to reminisce on memories from my childhood and the feeling you have of going back to a familiar place after a long time of being away.