Basketball, Biology, and Being a Belle - Anna Kammrath '10

Basketball, Biology, and Being a Belle

Anna Kammrath ’10 has taken advantage of all the opportunities offered at Saint Mary’s, and is particularly well-versed in things that happen to begin with the letter “B.” The senior, a native of Union Mills, Ind., has loved being a Belle for the last few years, and has excelled in most everything she has put her mind to at Saint Mary’s.

“I play basketball here [at Saint Mary’s],” Anna says, “And I think it has had a huge effect on my experience.” And Anna has had a great impact on the basketball program as well. Anna was named MIAA Player of the Week for the week of January 11, 2010. In two games, she scored 30 points and had 37 rebounds, in addition to six assists. She set a Saint Mary’s single-game rebounding record with 23 rebounds in a game against Hope College. The basketball team itself has also had a huge influence on Anna. “The girls on my team are more of a second family than teammates,” she explains, “We have a great team bond.”

Anna has also spent much of her time achieving academically. As a biology major with a minor in chemistry, she has been able to figure out exactly what it is she wants to do with her life after she finishes at Saint Mary’s. “Currently,” she says, “I am applying to public health schools to pursue a master’s degree in epidemiology. It will take about three years, and then I hope to work with infectious diseases both stateside and abroad.”

Anna cites Professor Thomas Platt as a huge academic inspiration. “Dr. Platt is my comprehensive advisor, and he has been tremendously helpful in guiding my research and discussing the data,” she explains. Anna has also recognized a unique attribute of Saint Mary’s through her comprehensive biology research. “At other schools I do not think it is normal to have completed your own research in your major,” she says, “It has been a very trying experience, but a great one nonetheless and unique for sure.”

Additionally, Anna lists Professor Patrick Pierce of the political science department as a helpful resource. “Pat Pierce is the academic advisor for the basketball team,” she explains, “He was very helpful my first year here, and made the whole process a little less overwhelming. He has continued to be very helpful, and it is very much appreciated.”

With all the encouragement from her professors and her experience as a Belle of Saint Mary’s overall, Anna feels prepared to take on the future. “Saint Mary’s has given me a great background for continuing my education,” she asserts. “I have also become more confident in my abilities, especially in writing and in speaking in front of people. I feel more confident in leadership roles and in my ability to balance many different things at once.”

Mary Elizabeth Ulliman '10