Mollie Williams  |  November 08, 2017

This Q&A is part of a series of interviews featuring RUF Alumni. Today's post features Mollie Williams, currently working as a graphic designer at a consulting firm. 

Let's start off with who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mollie Williams I am a Web/Graphic designer for a consulting firm called Emergent Method in Baton Rouge, LA

What college did you graduate from?
Louisiana State University

Who was your campus minister when you attended RUF?
Josh Martin

What is your favorite memory from RUF?
There's honestly too many to count. The fall and spring retreats were always fantastic - a time of intense community, great teaching and a lot of fun. We had one when I was a senior out in Clinton at my friend's childhood home and after our discussion broke out the guitar and sang songs till late in the evening. Summer Conference was something I always looked forward to and the memories made there I will always cherish. Not only is the teaching amazing, but the volleyball matches and dance-offs at the closing dance party were always a blast and left me unbearably sore the next day. Some of my favorite memories were just worshiping and doing music at large group - we didn't have a lot of people but those were some of the times where I felt closest to God.

How has RUF impacted how you approach your career? 
RUF gave me a perspective on life that has gotten me through many challenges the "real-world" has presented. It solidified my faith in Christ and taught me that even though the world will throw countless ways to earn recognition and self-justification - specifically in the work place - the only way to gain true peace and acceptance is to live for Christ and continually give everything to Him. It also gave me a community that will support me through anything.

What would you say to an incoming freshman?
You'll get pulled in a lot of directions in college. There's going to be hundreds of clubs, groups, societies, etc. that you'll want to join, but none of them will be as valuable or impactful as RUF. I had some wise advise from an upperclassman early on who told me during her college experience the older she got, the less involved she became and the more she learned to focus on what matters. That's not to say don't get involved - do as much as you can, but my personal experience was starting off trying to join and be involved in everything and when I graduated I was pretty much only involved in RUF, and I was happy! It might be awkward at first, but over time you will make meaningful friendships and they will become your life-long friends. 

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