January 9, 2017

Worldly ambitions

Scholarship support allows Molleysa Yang to explore many interests

Molleysa Yang, ’20, wants to be a doctor. A biology major and Spanish minor, she’s learned more about what that means in a Future Physicians class. “They talk about the ethical and political sides of being a doctor and what it takes to get there,” she says.

Yang, who got a taste of the U through PSEO (post-secondary enrollment option) courses during high school, received the Suzanna Ashmore Nelson Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences. She says having the scholarship “really gave me time to help focus on and invest in myself and learning about my interests.”

Her self-discovery journey has led her toward a number of campus activities. She took part in a fashion show organized by the Hmong Minnesota Student Association, and she’s also tutored and mentored elementary and high school students. “Even though I don’t have financial resources, I can give my time and I really enjoy that,” Yang says.

Having the scholarship also has allowed her to live on campus and become part of the University community. “I love the diversity and the fact that there are so many opportunities ranging from classes to research to studying abroad and meeting people from different walks of life,” she says. “You might not get to travel the world now, so you might as well meet people from different parts of the world.”

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