“Originally, I wanted to be a physical therapist so I could help injured athletes. When I applied to Ole Miss, I learned that exercise science had the courses to lead me to physical therapy school. I’ve always loved learning about the body, which is exactly what exercise science is,” Becker said.
As a May exercise science graduate, Becker will return to campus this fall to complete an exercise science practicum and take the prerequisite classes for physician's assistant school.
During her time in the exercise science program, she shadowed an orthopedic physician's assistant and watched surgeries performed at Oxford Orthopaedics. Now her talent at the bat is matched by her ambition to follow that career path, to assist orthopedic surgeons in the operating room and serve as the point of contact for patients, many of whom are athletes like her.
While in the exercise science program, Becker’s favorite subject matter was the mechanics of body movements because it helped her make more sense of her performance as an athlete.