Name: Molly McNamara
College: Washington University in St. Louis
Major/Minor: Double Major in Biomedical Engineering and Business
Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio
How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? Lakeside is extremely important to me. My grandparents bought a cottage in 1983, but my grandmother’s family has had roots in Lakeside predating World War II. Three years ago, my parents bought their own cottage. I grew up jumping off the dock, spending my allowance at Marilyn’s, reading on my grandparents’ porch, and fighting with my cousins over who could sit on the back seat of the golf cart. In fact, many of you may remember me as one of the “lemonade kids” from East Ohio Conference, where I sold lemonade for Imagine No Malaria for 10 years.
What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? This summer, I am looking forward to making more memories with my friends and family. Specifically, I am excited to spend time with my cousins over the 4th of July.
What do you hope to gain from this experience? From this internship I hope to gain work experience and become more familiar with technology used in the workplace. Additionally, I hope to be able to use my skills to improve the place I love.
Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer. This summer I hope to learn to become more independent in the workplace. Hopefully this will give me the confidence to be independent and a leader in college.
What are some of your hobbies and what do you enjoy doing in your free time? In my free time I enjoy boating, playing softball, and relaxing near the water. I also love to travel and experience new cultures. In college, I hope to continue to travel and join lots of clubs.
What is one of your proudest moments or major accomplishments you have achieved thus far in life? This past year I was named an Academic All-American. This award recognized my success on the debate team combined with my academic record. I put a lot of time and effort into both school and debate so this award was extremely meaningful to me.
What is your dream job? During a mission trip to Sierra Leone, I had an experience that ignited my interest in prosthetics. In one of the hospitals I visited I met a missionary doctor from Ghana. During our conversation, the doctor asked what I was interested in studying in college. His eyes lit up when I answered “biomedical engineering.” He passionately described the prosthetic hand he had designed and built with the very limited resources. I was astonished by the power of God working through him. So, my dream job would to be to use my degree to help people worldwide.
Tell us a fun fact about you. One fun fact about me is that I am dyslexic. I think having a learning disability has made me more creative and persistent.