major is Pre-Law with a minor in Forensic Psychology.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field.
In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we are featuring Panther women’s basketball player Jaida Hall, a senior who is majoring in Pre-Law.
A guard from Atlanta, Georgia, Jaida has been named to the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s and Florida Tech Athletic Director’s Honor Roll twice during her Florida Tech career.
With her senior year underway, Hall’s already beginning to map out her life after Florida Tech and it’s a busy one.
We sat down with Jaida to talk about what looks to be an eventful future as well as the path that led her to where she is today.
■ What’s your major at Florida Tech and why did you choose this? Is it something that you’ve always wanted to do?
My major is Pre-Law with a minor in Forensic Psychology.
I actually wanted to be an oceanographer but I realized that I hated math. So, something drew me to forensic psychology and then I started taking forensic classes, but I realized I liked the law aspect more than the criminal aspect.
■ Growing up in Atlanta, what was it about Florida Tech that drew you here?
The weather, the beach, and the coaching staff!
■ How do you plan to use your degree after graduation?
I’m currently studying for the LSAT and I expect to go to law school next year.
I’m also a young entrepreneur and I own an athleisure wear business. I plan to become a corporate attorney and work for bigger corporations and then as time goes on, I want to grow my own business and brand.
■ What are some of the exciting projects that you’ve been able to work on in classes here?
Well, forensic psychology and pre-law are completely different. In my Pre-Law classes, I’m making arguments and in my forensic psychology classes, I’m studying crime and analyzing where crime takes place.
So, one project that I’m working on is should breast implants be banned. And I’m arguing that they should not.
I’m interested in going into medical malpractice, but if not medical malpractice, I plan on working in corporate law and maybe at a hospital as an in-house hospital attorney.
■ Between the early morning practices, the film sessions, and road trips, how do you keep everything balanced once the season starts?
Well, I’ve been here for four years. So now I know that I have to wake up at 530 or five o’clock, so I’ve trained my mind to not think about that, man, I have to wake up. I just know that.
I’ve trained myself to realize that ‘man, I get to be here, I get to work out, and then right after workouts, I study and then I go to weights. I learned how to take a nap in the middle of the day. Then I just go to my classes, but I budget my time by doing all my work ahead.
■ How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for what you’re doing now and what do you take from the court that you apply to your studies?
I learned that I have to be disciplined and even when the motivation is not there, I still have to be disciplined because I keep my end goal in mind, and it just allows me to just keep going every day.
■ What advice would you give to an athlete coming to Florida Tech that has an interest in Pre-Law?
I would tell incoming freshmen to figure out what they want to do with their degree ahead of time and not wait until junior year to change their major and be disciplined freshman year. Don’t wait and say ‘oh, I’ll take school seriously when I get when I get to my junior year’ because then you’ll just make life harder for yourself.
■ The 2022-23 season begins in just over a week, what are you looking forward to most this year, and what have you enjoyed the most about your time with the program?
I’m looking forward to traveling with my team. I love going to Tampa every year with the team. We have a whole bunch of new freshmen, so I like to hang out with them.
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