Name: Bella Pinton
School and Year: The University of Chicago, 2nd year
Position: Outside hitter
What is your favorite collegiate volleyball memory so far?
My favorite collegiate volleyball memory is going undefeated in the UAA’s (our conference) for the first time in our school’s history (2016).
What about college is better than you expected?
Adapting to a completely new lifestyle in Chicago, went much smoother than I expected. Also, the winter (or at least last year’s) was not bad at all.
What is your favorite class you’ve taken so far and why?
I am currently in a neuroscience class that is super interesting. We actually just saw a live brain dissection, which was incredible! For the class, we also attend clinical presentations where we hear patients with various neurological diseases speak about their conditions.
What about college is harder than you expected?
Although I knew this coming in- balancing school, volleyball, clubs, and social events was definitely harder than expected and is still an ongoing challenge. It’s hard to sacrifice nights that I could be eating and walking around downtown Chicago, to study for a midterm. But you have to do what you have to do.
What do you want to do after college?
After college I plan on attending medical school. I’d really love to go to med school in another major city, to gain yet another new experience.
What are you good at outside of volleyball?
Outside of volleyball, I play IM basketball and wallyball (volleyball played in a racquetball court, where you play off the walls...super fun ). In the spring, I become an avid kayaker and go kayaking pretty much every weekend.
What advice would you give to current TAV Houston players?
Advice I would give current TAV Houston players is to work hard and play hard. School definitely comes first and you should really put in the time and effort because it will pay off in the end. Also, give your best effort in volleyball and in life in general, always enjoy the littlest moments, and be thankful for the opportunity you have to play volleyball at such a high level.