When I visited Wash U I truly felt like I was home. I know that is extremely cliché, but it is honestly the truth. I could see myself on this campus for the next four years.

It is clear to see from her words above that Molly Rogers connected with Washington University from the very beginning. Coming from Lakewood (Ohio), she joined the first Beyond Boundaries cohort in the Fall of 2019 and has been busy following her passions ever since. She has had the opportunity to partake in some of the courses offered to first year program students, including Law, Race, and Design: Examining the St. Louis Story and the Beyond Boundaries Seminar. After her first year in our program and the ability to experience Wash U unaffiliated with any of the four undergraduate divisions, Molly decided to transfer to the Olin Business School.

Interestingly, on October 1, 2019, during one of the stellar panels that was hosted during the Beyond Boundaries seminar, Molly and the other program students heard from Dr. Diana Parra Perez, an Assistant Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Parra Perez looks at non-traditional ways to evaluate physical activity, and Molly took the initiative to contact her following the class:

My greatest success as a BB student is gaining a position at the Medical School as a research assistant. I am currently working with Dr. Diana Parra Perez on securing a grant to study the use of yoga and meditation as a means to decrease anxiety and stress in Hispanic immigrants in St. Louis. I was able to get in touch with Dr. Perez through our Beyond Boundaries panel and I am very grateful to have this opportunity!

Besides focusing on her academic goals, when Molly has been on campus she has loved spending time with a variety of student groups. She has been involved with Club Volleyball, Gateway to the Great Outdoors, Adopt a Grandparent, Juggling Club, and Spikeball Club. Prior to the pandemic, Molly could be found enjoying the outdoor space in Simon Hall. “There is plenty of sunshine and greenery. Einstein’s is right down the hall so one can go grab a coffee, come outside, sit at the tables and relax. It is a very peaceful spot that I like to go to collect my thoughts.”