Senior profile: Molly O’Brien


Freshman year, Molly O’Brien had no idea enrolling in an engineering course would help her become a more patient, hardworking and persistent person. Four years later her passion still thrives.

Molly will attend Miami University in Ohio and major in biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering is based of mechanical engineering but is focused on the world of medicine. Some specialties include technology relating to pacemakers, joint replacement as well as diagnosing and treating diseases.

“I’m pretty interested in prosthetics,” Molly said. “There was a science speaker here recently that talked about the connection between machines and the brain and how you can control things with your mind. Eventually, we will want to be able to control prosthetics with our minds instead of other parts of our body.”

Molly has been in an engineering course for the past four years, from Principles of Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design to Woodworking this year. When she took biology last year and loved it, she started looking at majors, landing on biomedical engineering.

“Some people take the courses and figure out ‘Wow this is what I want to do with my life,’ and some take them and think ‘Yeah that was fun but I’m not that interested,’” Molly said. “Going in doesn’t mean that’s what you’re going to do with your life. It just worked out for me.”

Engineering is not all Molly does. She likes to read and draw, and she is a member of Kirkwood Youth Services. One of her favorite hobbies is working behind the scenes at KHS theater productions. She plans to continue service work in college, especially because Miami has a lot of opportunities.

“I have no idea if I will continue with theater or not,” Molly said. “It depends on how much time I have. I would like to if I have time because I like being involved with it even though I don’t act or sing. If they have opportunities for non-theater majors then I’d be interested.”

Molly admits engineering and theater are both important parts of her life.

“[Engineering and theater] are very different,” Molly said. “But if you look at the theater group, you’ll see it’s very odd. There are some people who want to go into film or theater and there are some who want to be engineers or doctors. But I love it. Even if you can’t act, it’s a fun group. I’ve met some of my best friends through it.”

Although Molly is sad to leave her friends and family behind she is excited for the fresh start college will give her. As of right now she is set on the path she will take.

“I’m not opposed to my major changing,” Molly said, “but I’m pretty sure it will stay inside engineering. I’m not even sure what I would do besides that. I just know I want to learn a lot, meet a lot of people and eventually I want to have a good career and help a lot people, whatever I end up doing.”