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Podcast: Engineering Is Opportunity

11/1/2019 Maddie Rice

 

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Maddie Rice    
Hey everyone, welcome to Engineering Is blank, a Grainger College of Engineering network podcast where we get to the root of STEM with Grainger Engineering students. I'm your host, Maddie Rice. And today I am joined by Molly Granton. Thanks for coming. 

Molly Granton  
Thank you for having me. 

Maddie Rice  
Absolutely. Okay. So Molly, do you want to give us just a little intro of yourself? Give me the basics. Your name, major, your programs, your year. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, of course. So I'm a freshman in computer science. And so I've only been here for like three weeks, but I'm still trying to figure it out. But yeah, and I'm in the Grainger College of Engineering. 

Maddie Rice  
So cool. 

Molly Granton   
Yeah. 

Maddie Rice  
So do you also have a startup I hear or something along the lines of that. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah. So I run a convention called Girl Con, which is a one day STEM conference based in Chicago that engages girls like their participation in STEM. And so two years ago, it was held at Northwestern University. And then this past year it was held in Google's Chicago office.

Maddie Rice  
Ameliorating, wow cool word. Also, everything else about you what you said was cool, too.

 Okay, cool.

Molly Granton  
 Yeah. And so it's just, there are a lot of great STEM conferences out there that are engaging girls in the STEM world and showing them all the possibilities. But at Girl Con, we kind of understand that not every girl wants to strictly be an engineer or a computer science major. So we have a bunch of breakout sessions that are called Tech Plus Blank. So this past year, we had tech plus art, tech plus astronomy, tech plus music, all that stuff. And so we really just want to show these high school girls that regardless of what field they want to go into, or what passion they have, that there's still ways they can use technology and ameliorating their work. 

Maddie Rice 
Just a word.

So, yeah, you gotten a lot of like, really great reception from that. Right? Like, I think I saw that you were in like the Cranes 50 Under 50. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah. That was really, yeah, it was really cool. We went to the, like, networking dinner for that it was really crazy because we were with like, the VP of Google and like, all these like, really awesome people. So yeah, that was a really cool experience. But yeah, we've gotten a lot of cool opportunities through Girl Con. Like we went on ABC Windy City Live over the summer, and a few other ones WGN. And so yeah, that's kind of my first experience with like TV stuff. So it's kind of scary, but really cool overall. 

Maddie Rice  
Wow. So when you say we, who do you work with? Is it like a team effort? Or like, are you you're a co founder, right? 

Molly Granton  
Yeah. So I co founded the conference two years ago with my friend Kyla Guru. She's a senior at Deerfield High School right now. 

Maddie Rice   
Okay. 

Molly Granton 
And so, we're the two co directors of the conference and we work with a team of six, around six girls who are the core team. So we're really focused on all the logistics and stuff. And then we have three other teams, the National Ambassador team, national team, ambassador team and the design team. 

Maddie Rice   
Okay. 

Molly Granton   
And that's composed of around 40 girls from around the United States who just help us and like setting up the conference, getting the word out and all that. So yeah, so like a team of around 50 high school girls from around the United States. So it's really cool. Yeah. 

Maddie Rice  
You guys are like, when did this start? Because you're saying like your co founders, like in high school right now. And you've been on campus for like, what? Two and a half weeks? 

Molly Granton  
Yeah. So we, I think I want to say, Oh, so I was in my junior year and Kyla was in her sophomore year of high school, yes. of high school, and our parents worked together. So we like, my mom texted me and she's like, I just met my co worker's daughter and she's a computer science, like into computer science as well. So like obviously we have to be best friends. But yeah, so we just met up at Starbucks. And we kind of started talking about, like, how we can make an impact. And then eventually Girl Con formed. And yeah, at that point, we were just really set on it being like a fully student made conference, like having no adults on board and kind of just having it as a thing where any high school girls can work on it. And it's like our thing, you know? 

Maddie Rice   
Yeah, it's a good kids bop. By kids for kids. It's been working. Exactly. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah. So it's been definitely a challenge because no one in our team has like any prior event planning and such, but I think we've learned a lot along the way. And it's been a really fun experience.

Maddie Rice   
 Sounds amazing. So what's the future for it? What do you plan to like, do you want to keep continuing it? Are you passing it down now that you're in college or? 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, so it's been definitely a big topic of conversation because I definitely want to still be a part of it like no matter what happens, but I do think we want to continue to have it be like a high school girls run convention. And yeah so I don't know, because even now I'm trying to be as involved as possible but with school and everything, it's hard. But yeah, I definitely want to be involved as the rest of the girls. But I'm not sure what the future holds, but there's still going to be Girl Cons in years to come.

Maddie Rice   
Would you say it's your baby? Like, would you say it's kind of hard? 

Molly Granton    
Yeah. It's hard, like letting it go. 

Maddie Rice    
But it's growing so well. 

Molly Granton   
Yeah. Well, yeah. And I think we're also a few girls in Texas and a few girls in New York, reached out about possibly, like creating chapters of it in their own cities and such. So I think that's another possibility as well, that we'll just start kind of doing it around the United States. 

Maddie Rice  
Yeah. 

Molly Granton  
But oh, yeah, definitely want to be involved. I just don't want to let it go quite yet. 

Maddie Rice 
Keep an eye out for that. Do you have any, like, social media platforms or anything? 

Molly Granton  
Yes. So we have Instagram and Twitter which is Girl Con Chicago. And then our website is girlconchicago.com. And 

Maddie Rice   
Awesome. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, so that'll have all the links to news articles, different ways to get involved and all that. 

Maddie Rice   
Cool. We can link those in the description for this as well.

Molly Granton  
 Perfect. Okay. 

Maddie Rice   
So everyone can see what's going on. But that's so cool. And you said you were in to CS since, like, high school. Like it wasn't like a thing because I know like, for me, I didn't figure out what I wanted to do until I was here on campus for even like a couple years. Um, but you you feel like you kind of knew you were a CS junkie early on. 

Molly Granton    
Yeah, something like that. 

Maddie Rice   
Yeah. 

Molly Granton   
So oh my gosh, this is actually like, not a good story. There was a guy I really liked freshman year and he was taking a computer science class and I didn't even know what computer science was. But he was like, take this class and I'm like, oh, like we can hang out and like it'll be fun. So I took the class which is like such a bad way to get in computer science. But regardless, like I ended up loving the class like absolutely loving it. And then my sophomore and junior year I went on to take like AP Computer Science and principles. And around that point, I started realizing that it didn't just have to be like something I was learning in the classroom and like studying for tests and stuff. So I started working on like side projects, and I did research at Northwestern summer after my junior year, I think. And so we're using Python to kind of detect gravitational waves. I know. It's really fun. But yeah, so I think just kind of getting into it. I was like, this is cool. But once I started realizing that it can be used in so many different ways, I that's when I really decided that that's what I want to do. 

Maddie Rice    
Mm hmm. Wow, see, you were how many think you were then like 17 or even younger than that? 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, some I think 17. 

Maddie Rice
Oh, my gosh, what was I doing when I was 17? I don't even know. What was like, cool when you were 17. Like what do you think you were wearing? When you would like go to class?

Molly Granton 
Oh my gosh, I couldn't even tell you.

Maddie Rice  
 Like a cool band t shirt. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah. 

Maddie Rice   
Like track shorts.

Molly Granton   
 Something like that. Probably the same thing. I'm wearing in college cause yeah, still have all those band tees. 

Maddie Rice  
You haven't really changed much since it's been like less than a month. 

Molly Granton  
Honestly I'm still so young. Literally 18 right now. 

Maddie Rice 
Honestly I'm young like yeah, no true. Yeah, you're 18 and you were the Cranes take 50. 

Molly Granton   
Yeah, I don't know how that happened. 

Maddie Rice    
That's so crazy. So, yeah, we've been saying that you've been here, You're young and you've been here for like, not that long. Because it's, you know, at this time of recording. It's early September of your freshman year. But what made you decide to come here to Grainger College of Engineering?

Molly Granton 
Oh.I feel like honestly, I've gotten to like, ever since I was a sophomore. I've been coming to sail here, which was like Computer Science day. And I think the main thing that drew me here was every time I like walked into Siebel, to the computer science building, it was just so like alive and there were always people like talking, collaborating, and everyone just seemed really excited and like, passionate about what they were learning about. And so it was definitely like an environment that I could see myself in and that like I could definitely learn more about so I think just seeing how everyone interacts with each other and interacted with their work. That's what really drew me here. 

Maddie Rice  
That is so cool. Yeah. Okay, so you kind of got in the groove now little bit of what you're doing. So do you think give me just like a little glimpse into the day in the life of Molly anyway? You know, give me I want the fun little details. Like, obviously, like, do you, are you a breakfast person or your morning shower person? 

Molly Granton  
Oh, okay. Okay. Honestly, not a morning shower person. I can barely get out of bed most mornings like I love sleeping. I literally lay in bed for like an hour before I actually get out of bed which is a horrible habit by the way. But on days where I do get up and out of bed and everything. My first move is definitely Starbucks or Dunkin. I'm a huge coffee person. 

Maddie Rice  
Okay, what is your coffee? What's your go? 

Molly Granton 
Honestly, so yeah, both. Oh, OK, Starbucks. I've been liking their chai tea lattes it's pretty good. Yeah. And then Dunkin, I just go for the iced coffee with almond milk. Okay, keep it simple. Yeah. 

Maddie Rice    
Do you do iced coffee in the winter too? 

Molly Granton   
Yeah.

Maddie Rice  
Oh my gosh. I love the dedication. No, I'm the same way. 

Molly Granton   
Yeah, it's just so good. Yeah. 

Maddie Rice  
Sorry about it. My hand freezes, my hand freezes but I'm going to just happen. Exactly. So energetic.

Molly Granton  
Yeah. Okay. 100% agree. Um, but yeah, after coffee. I went to Altgeld. Is that how you say it? I went to their library randomly one day and I realized like, I love it there. Like, I really just love the atmosphere. It's always so cold. And I love being cold. I don't know why.

Maddie Rice 
 I like that. Yeah, it's a super old building.

Molly Granton 
Yeah. And it's so pretty. It looks like a castle.

Maddie Rice 
It does look like a castle. Yeah, it's got the bell tower.

Molly Granton    
Yeah, I love it. It's so cute. Yeah, but usually I'll just go hang out in there. Do as much homework as I can before I lose focus. I'm trying to think what else. My days have been so weird just because I'm like, so new and I still don't know what I'm doing that well. But yeah, and then I go to classes. All my classes are really late in the day, and I don't know why. Yeah. Like my earliest class today was at one. I don't know. 

Maddie Rice  
That is not a normal freshman thing.

Molly Granton   
Yeah. But I feel like I kind of like it. I don't know. I'm still on the border about that one. But yeah, yeah. So I finish class around like four and then I usually just try to do homework at my dorm and then fall asleep unnecessarily early.

Maddie Rice
What dorm are you in?

Molly Granton 
I'm in Bromley. 

Maddie Rice  
Bromley!! fun! Are you in a double, do you have one roommate or are you in..?

Molly Granton    
Yeah, I'm in a double and then we have like suitemates where we share a bathroom. Oh, right, right. Yeah. And so I'm rooming with someone I know from my high school, which was a good move, because I really like her. Yeah. And then I met a lot of cool people there so I like living there. So that's good.

Maddie Rice  
Really good. Um, so what classes are you taking this semester?

Molly Granton
So right now I'm in calc three, intro to computer science, so CS 125. Severe and hazardous weather.

Maddie Rice  
That is the freshman class. Is that ATMS 150?

Molly Granton  
Yeah, yeah. Or wait, no, it's 120. Yeah, it's definitely different. At some point. 

Maddie Rice  
I took it last semester. It's such a freshman class and I took it as a junior. It's like, it's actually it's like a pretty practical class too. I know. Like, I'll just like what about some of my ATMS 120 knowledge sometimes, like, half for sure. Heat lining is actually a myth. Like you'll get there. Yeah, I don't want to spoil weather.

Molly Granton  
 For sure. Yeah, thank you. And then I think I'm in history 102. Okay. And I don't know what it's called. I think it's like Big History. Like, it's just an overview of like, from the Big Bang until now.

Maddie Rice    
 Oh my god that's a lot of ground to cover. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, but we don't really like focus a lot on like dates and stuff, which I kind of like, remember things well, but yeah, it's been really cool. I'm not a big history person, but I really like that class. 

Maddie Rice 
That's nice. Yeah. So you got like a good mix of some like Jenna D stuff and some Sami stuff. Yeah. Cool.

Molly Granton  
Yeah, so it's been pretty good. 

Maddie Rice   
Your class is super big? What do you think is your biggest class and what do you think is your smallest class? 

Molly Granton   
Oh, I think are the lecture for CS 125 is like massive, like coming from high school. And I think that was like the first class I ever went to here on campus, but like, there's like 8 I'm not even gonna say a number, because I don't even know that well, but like 800 maybe ish. 

Maddie Rice  
Oh my gosh, no, no, I can see it. Okay. There's big classes here for sure.

Molly Granton   
So Yeah, that one's crazy but it's fun. 

Maddie Rice   
My goodness. Okay. I heard on the entire webisphere. You know that, that you taught yourself to play ukulele through YouTube?

Molly Granton 
Oh, yes.

Maddie Rice  
I did the same. 

Molly Granton    
Really? 

Maddie Rice  
Yes.

Molly Granton   
Oh my gosh. Wait, that's so funny.

Maddie Rice    
Yeah. So what was like the first song you think you learned? 

Molly Granton  
Oh, wow. Gosh, I have to think about this one. What are like the typical ukulele songs? 

Maddie Rice  
Um Riptide right? Yes. That was like for like week one. I was like, I can play three chords. 

Molly Granton    
Yeah, it's easy.

Maddie Rice    
da da da, like, I can handle that.

Molly Granton    
Yeah. And then I think when I started learning, I was in like a big 21 Pilots phase. It was like, eighth grade or something. So cool.

Maddie Rice  
Yeah. I think that was the first one I learned.

Molly Granton   
Yeah, that ones fun to play.

Maddie Rice   
Get that like just C intro. Yeah. Are you like mute them all? And I was like playing one string. Still sounds great.

Molly Granton    
Yeah, I love ukulele. 

Maddie Rice  
Yeah. Do you still play it? Do you have one on campus?

Molly Granton  
No. I was like, conflicted about bringing it cuz I didn't want to be like annoying to people in my dorm. But I also like, want to play. Yeah, I don't know.

Maddie Rice  
 It's hard. It's a hard balance. 

Molly Granton    
Do you have yours?

Maddie Rice    
I have mine and then my roommate just got one so I'm teaching her how to play. 

Molly Granton   
So fun! 

Maddie Rice  
It's so cute. I feel a little less annoying now because I can like be like, Oh, I'm teaching her like it's fine. Everyone just go by. Yeah, but usually I would. Yeah, I feel bad. So I'd kind of wait till it was like they're out of the apartment because I want apartment now.

Molly Granton   
Yes. Yeah, you're lucky.

Maddie Rice 
Yeah, no. Did you did you name your ukulele?

Molly Granton 
No, I didn't. 

Maddie Rice   
You have to name it.

Molly Granton  
 I know. I'm so indecisive though. Like, once you name it. It's like Final Hmm, I don't know.

Maddie Rice 
Are you afraid your ukelele is going to leave you? 

Molly Granton    
You never know!

Maddie Rice   
Okay, here's kind of a loaded question if we can, we can dive in. So what would you say your experience has been like as a woman in STEM/.... What is a long pause? What would be like a message or a word of wisdom you would share with women that are maybe are young girls that are interested in entering the world of STEM?

Molly Granton 
Oh, OK. OK, so like, double question, double question. Okay. So I feel like the first part about being a woman in STEM, like, I feel like it's definitely getting better. You know, there's definitely a lot more girls in STEM than like, in previous years, which is great. But it's definitely not where it should be. You know, like in my AP Computer Science class, typically I was like, one out of like, three or four girls and like a 25-30 person class. So it's really crazy. And I think that's hard on its own. Just like being the odd one out kinda just being like one of the only girls in the class, it can feel daunting. And like you don't really want to, you know, raise your hand or share your ideas and stuff. And there's also been instances where like, I'm working on a project with a couple other guys and they like, kind of expect me to focus on like, the artwork for like the logo or the artwork for the app and stuff. And that's not as often. I mean, I think I've gotten pretty lucky about who I've worked with on projects in the past, and they've been really supportive. But I do definitely think it's still an issue and something we need to talk about and like have a conversation about as a society. But my advice for girls in STEM fields right now who are feeling kind of, like, out of place or like imposter syndrome, you know how it is. I think just finding a good support system of women who are also in STEM or just anyone in general who can offer you advice and support that goes a long, long way and being in the STEM field just because it kind of allows you to take a step back and reground yourself every time it feels like a lot. And then for girls going into STEM, I would probably just say try everything. You know, like there's so much out there in the world of STEM, and there's so many opportunities. And so the best way to kind of get involved is to just try everything you can, do everything you can, talk to different people. And yeah, just go in full force. Don't be scared.

Maddie Rice    
Yeah. It might seem like, I don't know. Is it, do you think it's, the ratio is the same here coming here in your classes? Do you feel like you're still definitely in the marginalized group of women to men ratio in your classes?

Molly Granton  
I don't. I mean, right now I'm in a lot of intro classes. So it is pretty like just a lot of people are taking it in generals. The ratios have been fine. But I definitely think even in like my engineering 100 class, so like, the intro class for like CS. I think there's like 25 ish people in the class and there's only like six girls, which I don't know if that was just like a random coincidence.

Maddie Rice  
Yeah, reflection of the numbers.

Molly Granton  
Yeah, but I'm thinking I'm gonna like, see what happens more when I get into the higher level CS courses. But there is a really great network of women in computer science here. Like all the clubs, society, women, women of engineers, 

Maddie Rice    
WIE, women in engineering, SWIE, there's a lot of them. Yes, there are. Groups, which is good and necessary. And honestly.

Molly Granton    
Yeah, 

Maddie Rice  
God sends probably. 

Molly Granton    
100%.

Maddie Rice  
But you mentioned imposter syndrome? Talk about that.

Molly Granton  
Yeah. Yeah. So imposter syndrome was like, you know, like, kind of feeling like, Oh, I shouldn't be here like, I'm not as smart as these people. I don't deserve it, even if you do, but I think that's a big thing for girls going into STEM. Because just because like you are sometimes the minority, like there's a lot of guys and stuff. And it just can feel like even if you deserve to be there and you're working hard, it can still feel like a lot of pressure. And that pressure often turns into like, I am not cut out for this major. I am not cut out for STEM in general. And so that's definitely something I've been trying to talk to my friends in STEM about more because I feel like it's kind of it's definitely talked about more nowadays, but a lot of times, people just don't really bring it up and stuff. But yeah, I think it's just, it kind of ties back to having a really good support system and being able to step back from everything and ask for advice and ask for help. I think it's a good way to combat imposter syndrome.

Maddie Rice    
You've got a really great head on your shoulders.

Molly Granton    
Thank you. Thank you.

Maddie Rice    
Do you have any ideas of what you want to do? Post college and you definitely got some time. 

Molly Granton    
Yeah, Honestly, I'm not sure. 

Maddie Rice  
That's great. I love that.

Molly Granton  
Yeah, yeah, I definitely I definitely want to do software engineering of some type. 

Maddie Rice  
Okay, okay. Okay. 

Molly Granton 
Um, but even last night, I was looking for internships then I realized there are just like so many companies out there all with different goals and missions and stuff. So I want to try new things just so I can kind of get a better grasp on that. But at this point, I'm really just open to anything and kind of excited to see where college takes me.

Maddie Rice   
Oh, yeah. Are you in any like RSOs or organizations right now? 

Molly Granton   
Yeah, Kind of. I've been like going to a lot of the general meetings and kind of like narrowing it down and stuff. 

Maddie Rice  
This is the time.

Molly Granton   
Yeah. 

Maddie Rice 
To really whittle down your options.

Molly Granton 
Yeah. But hack for impact, do you know what that is? I don't. Okay. So basically, like, you go through a round of interviews, and then they select the teams and then those teams work on projects that like benefit nonprofits. 

Maddie Rice  
Oh okay, 

Molly Granton    
Yeah, they've done a lot of cool things. And I think I'm going to do that next semester just because I felt like this semester I'm just like, still trying to figure things out. And yeah, like just overwhelming. Yeah, for sure. But that's a really, really cool organization.

Maddie Rice   
Hat for impact? 

Molly Granton  
Hack. 

Maddie Rice    
Hack for impact.

Molly Granton  
Yeah. Oh yeah, definitely want to be involved in that one. And then other than that, society, a society of women in engineering. Oh my gosh, I don't even know the name. SWIE. 

Maddie Rice  
SWIE. There's so many acronyms.

Molly Granton
 I don't know them.

Maddie Rice    
I don't either. Yeah, I senior year, so yeah, yeah, it's fun. Like I kind of make it, make it up as you goe. Sometimes I can make them up and they come out really fun and entertaining.

Molly Granton   
Yeah, for sure. Um, but yeah, for SWIE and WIE,  and like women in computer science, I definitely want to be a part of those clubs because there's really cool people in them. Just a great organization. 

Maddie Rice  
That is so cool. Yeah, you definitely have time. I think there's something so cool and powerful in a weird roundabout way of being able to be like, I don't know.

Molly Granton  
Yeah, it's nice.

Maddie Rice 
Yes. like no one's got it all figured out. Spoiler alert. No one really knows what they're doing.

Molly Granton   
Yeah, I feel like just winging. It is like a perfectly fine way of going through this.

Maddie Rice    
Just like everyone's on the same level in that sense. And everyone deserves to be where they feel like they want to be. Exactly that's kind of my mantra. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, I like it. 

Maddie Rice  
Thank you. So do you have stemspiration, like, Is there someone in the STEMisphere that's kind of like inspired you in any way it can be someone from like your high school like a high school teacher, or like Bill Nye,He's done some great work.

Molly Granton
Ah, that's so hard because I feel like there are a lot of women who are doing really cool things in the STEM world right now or in the past that I just look up to 100% but kind of a more specific and like weird answer. I had a friend in high school who was into computer science like way before I was, but so like, once I got into computer science, I was like, Oh, yeah, this is fun, but I kind of just like separated it from my life, you know, like, it was just like, a random thing. 

Maddie Rice   
Sure. 

Molly Granton   
And he was kind of the one who taught me that like, coding is so cool. And there's so many like different ways to look at it. Like he always talked about how, how like, how much he enjoyed it and how much it was like changing his brain to like, look at things around him. Any he really just looked at like computer science and like STEM as a whole as an art form, which is kind of like a weird way to view it. But after talking to him for a while, my view on STEM and computer science kind of changed. And that's something that I definitely took with me to college. And I'm really grateful for because it just made me like 10 times more interested in learning and studying computer science. And so I think he would probably be one of my big stem, stem inspirations. Just because he really taught me that like, engineering, STEM, computer science, it can be anything you want it to be.

Maddie Rice  
Yeah. Oh, yeah.

Molly Granton  
Yeah, that was kind of a weird roundabout answer, but

Maddie Rice  
no, no, I love that. What was his name? 

Chris. 

Chris. 

Molly Granton  
Yeah, 

Maddie Rice    
Shout out Chris. 

Molly Granton 
Yeah. Thanks, Chris. 

Maddie Rice   
Thanks so much. For ya know, being great. You'll have to send this to him.

Molly Granton 
Yeah, I will, for sure. Yeah. 

Maddie Rice  
Um, okay, before I forget, I do have something for you. I don't know this is going to go over on a podcast. All right, we have some stickers for your laptop.

Molly Granton  
Oh my god. 

Maddie Rice  
A hat, 

Molly Granton 
I absolutely love those. 

Maddie Rice   
And a big ol water bottle because it's 85 degrees today. 

Molly Granton   
Thank you so much. 

Maddie Rice  
Dude, courtesy of College of Grainger Engineering. 

Molly Granton  
Yes, thank you Grainger, you're helping me rep the college. 

Maddie Rice    
Yeah.

Molly Granton  
 Looking great.

Maddie Rice   
You're our new brand ambassador. 

Molly Granton  
Score. Thank you so much. 

Maddie Rice  
Oh, yeah, no, absolutely enjoy. The stickers are super cute. There's some for like your spacebar and some specifically like to put over the I. 

Molly Granton   
Oh my gosh, 

Maddie Rice  
like a cool campus culture thing.

Molly Granton    
I saw one of them and I'm like, where do they even get the stickers?

Maddie Rice  
Well now you know!  You have an orange one and the blue one.

Molly Granton 
Oh my gosh, thank you so much. 

Oh dude, you're in! That's your badge of honor. That's how you know you're truly a student here. I know, you applied vigorously to get into this college but now that you have the little block I sticker to put on your keyboard, now you're in.

Yeah, now it's game over. 

Maddie Rice 
Game over. 

Molly Granton  
100%. Thank you so much. 

Maddie Rice  
Oh my gosh, my pleasure. Um, okay, so I want to wrap up a little bit with just the question that I have to ask every time. This podcast is called engineering is blank. I am on a mission to fill that blank by understanding the people behind engineering, okay, here on campus. So if you were to define engineering, and fill that blank with just one word, what do you think you would define it as?

Molly Granton 
Probably engineering is opportunity. Because honestly, it's whatever you want it to be, you know, it can be anything you can go into any field you'd like. You can apply engineering to any field you'd like. And it's really just like an endless concept in a way. And there's so many different ways you can look at it and you can use it, it's just such like a universal thing especially nowadays so I'd say it's just opportunity. 

Maddie Rice  
Engineering is opportunity. Yeah. It's got a nice ring to it. 

Molly Granton   
Yeah, I like it. 

Maddie Rice  
You guys heard it here first. Wow, this has been so fun. 

Molly Granton 
Yes, thank you so much for having me on. 

Maddie Rice   
Absolutely, we'll be sure to kind of plug anything you want to plug in the description but is there anything you want to put out there right now to the world why you got a red blinking light in front of you? 

Molly Granton  
Oh, it's a lot of pressure.

Maddie Rice   
 I know, any like Girl Con things people should look out for coming up or? Or should they just stay tuned on your?

Molly Granton   
Yeah, honestly, stay tuned, but we're always looking for more people to get involved. We want it to be a thing that everyone can participate in. So if you're interested in getting being a part of Girl Con then definitely keep an eye on our social media and website and all that and yeah.

Maddie Rice   
Molly is a mover and a shaker. She's got places to be, she's got deals to make. She drinks coffee all the time cause she can't handle it.

Molly Granton   
Exactly. 

Maddie Rice  
Whatever it may be. 

Molly Granton    
100% Yeah.

Maddie Rice  
What are you drinking now? Is that a?

Molly Granton  
This is a caramel macchiato.

Maddie Rice   
Okay, and you probably need it. 

Molly Granton  
100%. Things to do.

Maddie Rice  
Guys, she's a wining and dining, she doesn't have time for your questions. Guys, thanks so much for listening to engineering is blank, you can catch us every Friday. And while you're at it, check out the other podcast on our network, Illinois Innovators with Mike Koon. You can catch us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @UofIGrainger and we'll see you guys next time. Bye!