A Class of 2009 Parish alum, Kelsey Musselman has seemingly whisked her way through an Ivy League education while playing NCAA Division I volleyball and is in the first year of medical school. Parish science teacher Craig Savage says it’s easy to miss all the work that goes along with the whisking.
“Kelsey is what I call a closet studier,” Savage said. “She’s really smart and she keeps you on your A-game as a teacher. But what looks to some like something is easy for her, she’s really doing a lot to push herself, challenge herself. She does it without others noticing as much.”
Voted “Most likely to find a grammatical error in the Constitution” by fellow seniors, Musselman was an impactful leader. She was a two-year captain as Parish blossomed into a volleyball power by winning the 2008 TAPPS state championship. She was a captain of the softball team her junior and senior seasons as well.
In Musselman’s junior and senior years, she was yearbook editor twice, a two-year president of Mu Alpha Theta and president of the Math Club. She gave The Benediction at Baccalaureate.
Musselman transitioned well to majoring four years in biochemistry at Columbia University in New York. She also was a four-year varsity volleyball player ending with 1,394 assists before graduating in 2013.
Catching up with Kelsey Musselman ('09)
What are you doing now?
I am currently a first-year medical student at NYU School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York City.
What is a passion you like to pursue?
I have always loved playing volleyball. I was on the Parish varsity team for four years, where we won the TAPPS 4A State Championship my senior season. I also played NCAA Division I volleyball for Columbia University. Even in medical school I still find time to play for the NYU Med intramural and club league teams, as well as other competitive leagues and tournaments in NYC.
What have been your favorite classes?
In medical school, my favorite classes so far have been Anatomy and Practice of Medicine. In Anatomy, I have enjoyed exploring all of the small details of the human body in lab, seeing how the parts are oriented in space, and how they interconnect and function to keep us alive. Practice of Medicine is where we develop clinical skills in conjunction with our classroom learning, which includes learning how to conduct a medical interview, how to perform a physical exam, and a discussion of current issues in the medical field.
How would you describe Parish to your friends?
Parish not only prepared me for success in my academic pursuits, but it also helped define who I am, my heart, and my character. Everything I have accomplished in my life so far I can attribute it to the Parish values of seeking wisdom through my academic and recreational intellectual pursuits, honor and unconditional respect for the dignity of all people, and actively serving others both inside and outside of our community. Parish is my foundation, and it is a place I will always be able to return to and call home.
What advice would you give someone entering high school/college?
Life is too short to do what you don’t enjoy, so don’t waste time being unhappy. Time is worth finding and exploring what you are truly passionate about.
What would be your dream job?
My dream job is obviously to be a doctor, but don’t ask me what kind because I have absolutely no idea yet. I’m keeping an open mind, and there is still time to decide.