Dream Catchers: Mollie Royer

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Mollie Royer became a leader, she says, “when I didn’t even know I was one.”

Working at the Motley Coffeehouse, the student-run nonprofit operation on campus, opened up new experiences and perceptions for her. She applied to be a manager the second semester of her first year, and worked her way up to head manager last fall.

Mollie says the depth of the Motley experience was unexpected. “I have learned so much about myself and feel much more capable to go out and do something. I am grateful to the women who worked before me, with me, and excited for those who will come after me.”

Graduating with a degree in art, Mollie’s emphasis was photography and manual and digital printmaking. Her senior art show project was a bold series of photographs of herself and her mother, a breast cancer survivor, titled “conversations with my mother: representing the female nude.”

Mollie believes the vibrancy of the Scripps program provides a driving sense of the future potential of the arts. As for her Motley experience: “It has expanded my confidence as a woman and an artist.”