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Molly Hunter

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Bio

Hello! I'm Molly Hunter, a devoted mental health advocate. My personal journey has fueled my ambition to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. I am a student at Appalachian State University, majoring is Social Work with the goal of attending graduate school to become a LCSW and help those in need.

Education

Appalachian State University

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Social Work

Isothermal Community College

Associate's degree program
2021 - 2022
  • Majors:
    • Social Work

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Social Work
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mental Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

    • Front Desk Agent

      Towneplace Suites Marriott
      2023 – Present1 year

    Sports

    Powerlifting

    Intramural
    2019 – Present5 years

    Arts

    • Painting
      2020 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      OASIS — Front Desk
      2023 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    TEAM ROX Scholarship
    Winner
    My odyssey in Social Work is a testament to a relentless pursuit of excellence fueled by an insatiable ambition, an unwavering drive, and an unyielding commitment to making a profound impact on the lives of others. At the heart of this journey is my transformative experience as a volunteer at OASIS, a sanctuary for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, where I have evolved from a mere participant to a dynamic force for positive change. Ambition propels me beyond conventional boundaries. It is not only a desire for personal success; rather, it is a force that compels me to constantly strive for more, to challenge myself, and to reach new heights. This ambition finds its purpose in the pursuit of a degree in Social Work, where every step is guided by the goal to emulate the selfless spirit of the individual commemorated by this scholarship. The drive within me is a relentless engine that propels me forward, urging me to push beyond the ordinary and make a lasting impact. It is this drive that has shaped my commitment to exceeding the expectations of a future Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). My academic journey reflected in a commendable 3.8 GPA, is a deliberate choice to leverage education as a potent catalyst for societal change. At the heart of my impact is my role at OASIS, where I cease to be just a volunteer at the front desk. Instead, I have become a catalyst for transformation, leveraging every opportunity to develop skills that transcend the traditional boundaries of volunteer work. I have cultivated an ability to empathize deeply with those facing adversity, communicate persuasively to foster a supportive environment and collaborate effectively with diverse groups of individuals. My drive is not confined to routine tasks; it propels me to empower survivors to reclaim control over their lives and navigate their paths toward healing. Beyond the confines of the classroom, my ambition extends to a commitment to become a driving force in the field of social work. This scholarship serves as a gateway to amplifying my impact and pioneering innovative solutions for the complex challenges faced by individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. It is a recognition of my drive to not only excel academically but to be a trailblazer in creating tangible, positive change. In essence, my ambition, drive, and impactful actions define me as a candidate uniquely aligned with the core values of this scholarship. I am not content with merely helping; I am determined to lead, inspire, and leave an indelible legacy of positive change. This scholarship is not just a financial investment in my education; it is an investment in a future leader and change-maker committed to making a significant impact on the lives of those in need. Choosing me as a recipient is choosing to invest in the limitless potential of ambition, the unstoppable force of drive, and the enduring power of impactful change. The support from this scholarship could be a major help in my goal to attend graduate school so that I can fulfill my dreams of helping others to the best of my ability.
    Fishers of Men-tal Health Scholarship
    In my quest for this scholarship, I am eager to share how my experiences with mental health have ignited my ambition, driven my commitment, and spurred me to make a lasting impact. My name is Molly Hunter, and I firmly believe that the state of our mental well-being significantly influences every aspect of our lives. From thoughts and emotions to our behaviors, our mental health is the cornerstone upon which our personal growth is built. My journey toward mental health advocacy has been profoundly shaped by personal experiences. I was once among those who suffered in silence, grappling with an eating disorder during my adolescence. Consumed by a false belief that altering my appearance was the key to acceptance, I subjected myself to a daily intake of a mere 300-500 calories, coupled with relentless cardio. This ordeal inflicted severe harm upon my health, eventually leading to life-threatening issues. It was only when I was compelled to seek medical attention that I received my diagnosis, revealing not only anorexia but also major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. My path to recovery from these mental illnesses has been marked by formidable challenges. My journey extends further, touching on the anguish of feeling like the world is against you, a sentiment that often propels individuals toward self-destructive decisions. At the age of 15, I faced a heart-wrenching and unexpected event. On September 26th, 2018, someone incredibly dear to me, Julien Reid Wellman, took his own life. Julien was a beacon of joy, constantly spreading laughter and delight, renowned for his playful pranks. His inner turmoil remained a well-guarded secret. On that tragic September day, I was the first to arrive at the scene, a moment that left an indelible mark. Offering comfort to his grieving family, providing a shoulder to lean on, and performing daily chores, I continued to be a pillar of support. Despite the family's eventual disintegration, I found solace in the knowledge that I could bring a glimmer of light into their lives each day. In the limited scope of 600 words, I can merely touch the surface of my experiences and ambitions. Nevertheless, I will delve further if given the chance. Julien's tragic loss was one of three individuals I've lost to suicide, an agonizing reality that fuels my determination to make a difference. This is why I've chosen to major in Social Work, dedicating my life to helping others. My current position at Oasis, a domestic violence and sexual assault support shelter, has offered me invaluable experience and deepened my understanding of the profound impact of mental health issues on individuals' lives. The power to provide support to those who have endured trauma is a calling I refuse to ignore. The transformation of public perception regarding mental health is well within our reach if we unite our efforts. By sharing our stories and letting people know they are not alone, we can fuel the momentum of the mental health movement. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I wholeheartedly invite you to join me in this vital endeavor. My ambition, drive, and impact are intrinsically linked to my experiences at Oasis, and my unwavering goal of becoming a mental health counselor. I am driven by the aspiration to offer support, empathy, and healing to individuals who have suffered traumas in various areas. Your support through this scholarship will not only facilitate my educational journey, but also empower me to make a profound impact on the lives of those who need it most. Thank you for your consideration.
    Ernest Lee McLean Jr. : World Life Memorial Scholarship
    I'm Molly Hunter, and I fervently believe that our mental well-being, encompassing social, psychological, and personal facets, is an essential part of our existence. It shapes our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors— touching every life stage from preadolescence to adulthood. Yet, mental illness is often marred by prejudice, deterring individuals from seeking help and leaving them feeling stigmatized. My passion for mental health advocacy has been molded by my own journey. I was once among those who suffered in silence. It was during my 8th-grade year that I fell into the grip of anorexia nervosa. Driven by the misguided belief that I needed to transform my appearance to be loved, I lived each day on a meager 300-500 calories, accompanied by relentless cardio. The toll on my health was severe, culminating in life-threatening issues. However, I persevered, losing over 100 pounds within a few short months. It wasn't until I was compelled to visit a doctor that I received my diagnosis – not just anorexia, but also major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. My journey towards recovery from these mental illnesses was fraught with challenges. But my story extends further. I have experienced the agonizing feeling of believing the world is against you, a feeling that can lead to self-destructive decisions. At the age of 15, I faced a heart-wrenching situation I never anticipated. On September 26th, 2018, Julien Reid Wellman, someone incredibly close to me, took his own life. He radiated happiness, brought joy to those around him, and was known for his playful pranks. I had no inkling of the pain he was silently enduring. On that fateful September day, I was the first to arrive at the scene. Nothing in my life could prepare me for the emotional turmoil that followed. I offered comfort to his grieving family, bringing flowers to his mother, and providing a shoulder to cry on. I consoled his father and his three siblings, one of whom had been my boyfriend for over a year at the time. In the aftermath, I continued to support them, visiting their home to help with chores, cooking, and lending a sympathetic ear. Despite the family's eventual disintegration, I found solace in knowing that I could bring a glimmer of light into their lives each day. While 600 words allow me to touch the surface of my experience, I'm more than willing to delve deeper if the opportunity arises. Julien was one of three people I've lost to suicide, and I'm determined to make a change. This is why I chose to pursue a major in Social Work, as I crave a lifelong commitment to helping others. Currently, I volunteer for a local nonprofit organization, OASIS. OASIS is a support center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Although I am very busy working part time and pursuing my degree full time, it means so much to me to be able to give some of my time to support survivors in need. The transformation of public perception regarding mental health is within our grasp if we unite in our efforts. By openly sharing our stories and letting people know they are not alone, we can sustain the momentum of the mental health movement. If we fail to act, the societal stigma surrounding mental health will persist. I implore you to join me in this vital endeavor. Your support through this scholarship would not only ease my educational journey but also bolster my capacity to make a positive impact on the mental health landscape. Thank you for considering my application.