Mollee Gray had two baby teeth knocked out by a horse when she was a child. Year round, you can still find the neuroscience student from Medical Lake High School on horseback. Mollee has three horses and participates in barrel racing, reining, and other events. She plans to attend medical school. “I am most interested in pursuing family practice as a general practitioner as I know I want a job with lifetime patients of all ages. With that being said, the more time I spend learning about neuroscience, the more I want to learn more, so studying neurology is another option,” she said.
Where are you from and where did you graduate high school?
I am from Liberty Lake, Washington, and I graduated from Medical Lake High School. Currently, I am in my senior year pursuing a degree in neuroscience with minors in psychology, chemistry, and biology on the pre-medical track. I am really looking forward to graduation in May! Go Cougs!
What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Year round, you can find me on the backs of my horses! I have three horses back at home that I compete on in barrel racing, reining, and other events. In the wintertime, I enjoy spending my time on the ski hill with friends and family. I have always been an outdoorsy person and seek out any and all opportunities for sunshine on my face!
What’s your favorite thing about WSU?
Without a doubt, my favorite thing about WSU is the relationships I have been able to build over the course of my time here. I am thoroughly convinced that Cougs are just cool people. I have met some of the most amazing individuals with goals and aspirations similar to mine that have made my experience here beyond awesome. This also applies to the faculty I have been lucky enough to learn from. The camaraderie of WSU stretches far and wide.
What’s your favorite course you’ve taken at WSU?
My favorite course (so far) at WSU was Neuroscience 404, which is the neuroanatomy course taught by Dr. Lampa and Dr. Jansen. In this course, I was able to learn so much about the brain and spine and how they are functionally arranged to make us who we are on both a biological level and within each of our individual personalities. This class really brought together all of the neuroscience I had learned up until that point and made me even more excited for future classes in the major.
What’s a unique fun fact about you?
I had my two front teeth knocked out by a horse! Thankfully, they were my baby teeth, but they were knocked out a bit pre-maturely, so I went a very long time without any front teeth while my adult teeth took their time coming in.
What are your career goals?
Following graduation in May, I plan to take a gap year to work and gain more experience in the medical field. From there, I will apply to medical school! At this point, I am most interested in pursuing family practice as a general practitioner as I know I want a job with life-time patients of all ages. With that being said, the more time I spend learning about neuroscience, the more I want to learn more, so studying neurology is another option.
What’s one of your favorite things?
Golden retrievers. I have never owned a golden of my own, but I have a life goal of raising a golden retriever puppy, whom I will name Grover, as soon as I finish school. I am a huge cat and dog person, but there is just something about a golden retriever that overflows my heart.