Graduate Spotlight: Molly McRae

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Molly McRae. Photo by Abigale Matthews

Molly McRae is graduating from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics and economics.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be moving to New Zealand later this year, and after a year — or two — spent working and traveling, I plan on coming back and going to law school.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

One of my favorite things to do at Mercer — that will also be something I miss the most — was the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with the Mercer Singers. Being able to sing in such a beautiful space like St. Joseph Catholic Church and make music with such talented people was always such a privilege and something I always looked forward to.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

What works for the person next to you may not work for you — and vice versa — and that’s totally OK! One size does not fit all. Regardless of if it’s what music you listen to while you study, what extracurriculars you enjoy, or how often you decide to change your major, you are the only person who can decide what works best for you, so try things out until you find the best fit and balance.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

My experience doing study abroad to Greece showed me that I can leave my comfy corner of the world, have to figure out a whole new place, and come out feeling confident. If it weren’t for that trip and the guiding hands of the faculty on it, I would never have thought to move to a new country.

What makes Mercer special to you?

The thing that makes Mercer so special to me is the people. It’s my best friend who I can always count on talking to as we’re leaving our afternoon classes. It’s President (William D.) Underwood walking his dog, Cricket, and greeting students on Cruz Plaza. It’s the student worker who smiles at you when you walk into the University Center. While I love so much about Mercer, it’s always the people that made me excited to come back each fall.

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