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Molly Basile

Computer Science & French and Francophone Studies
Class of 2017

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT

High School: Ridgefield High School

Extracurricular Activities: Society of Women Engineers, THON Technology Committee, Global Public Health Brigades, Association of Women in Computing

Internship/Co-op/Research Experience: Accenture (Summer 2015), Shell Oil (Summer 2014)

Why did you choose to come to Penn State? When I was looking at colleges I had no idea what I wanted to study. I knew I wanted a big school with many options, and Penn State had many opportunities both on-campus and abroad. Plus, the Engineering program not only allowed for study abroad but encouraged it, and I've been able to double major in French.

What has been your best memory as an engineering student? I was able to attend the 2014 National Conference for the Society of Women Engineers in Los Angeles with the rest of Penn State SWE. It was amazing seeing so many women engineers in one place, and I loved learning about all of the work engineers are doing around the world.

What advice would you give a first-year engineer? Be on the lookout for all the different opportunities available to you! The biggest benefit of going to such a large school is that students have the ability to do so many amazing things here, but you have to seek these opportunities out! Competitions, international trips, undergraduate research and so much more - and know that smaller opportunities will lead to bigger ones.

What do you plan to do after graduation? Computer science is so broad and has so many interesting applications that there's not just one thing I'd like to do. I'd love a career that lets me try new things, travel, and (possibly) use my French degree!

What has been your best experience outside of engineering at Penn State? I really love to travel, and Penn State has so many international opportunities for students. First, I was able to take French classes abroad in Besancon, France for the summer of 2013. Then, through the club Global Brigades I was also able to build latrines in Panama (March of 2013) and Ghana (January of 2014). These three experiences were really amazing, and every time I go abroad I learn so much about the both country I'm in and myself.