Guys, fair warning. I’m about to get reaaal cheesy rn, but if I’m being honest, sometimes the best moments in life are the most random. Seriously. The ones that are unplanned, (probably involve some sort of alcohol), and occur when you least expect them to.
For Molly Winker, one of our rockstar Miss COED 2017 semifinalists, her favorite moment at the University of Utah involved an American flag and Whitney Houston. If you’re anything like me, your face probably looks something like this: 🤔. I’ll just let her explain.
Read on below to learn more about Molly – like how she’s an INCREDIBLE dancer – and be sure to check back again next week as we get to know each of our semifinalists a bit better.
If you could travel anywhere in the world for Spring Break, where would you go?
I’ve always wanted to go to Greece. I think Spring Break might be too short for me to go and do all I want to do in Greece, but I could always go back again!
What’s your favorite school tradition?
I would have to say the MUSS (Mighty Utah Student Section). I love how involved the students at the University of Utah are in school pride during sporting events! I have a best friend on the MUSS board and I got to watch football games in the second row of the MUSS this year. It’s a blast and everyone goes wild for the Utes!
Give your BFF a shoutout! What’s his/her name and how long have you been besties?
EDDIE! Eddie has been my best friend since high school. We are basically the male and female version of each other, and I love him more than anything. It’s hard being apart for most of the year, but when we get together, we make the most of it and are probably the most fun (or annoying) people you’ll ever meet.
What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Getting into the ballet program at the University of Utah has been a big accomplishment for me. It’s one of the top-rated programs in the country. I am happy with how much I have improved since coming to school and cannot wait to take my talents into the professional world after graduation!
What’s your most memorable moment at school?
So there you have it. The mystery is now solved. Yet what you might not know about Molly is that she’s a huge animal lover and advocate for Best Friends Animal Society. She volunteers for the organization every few weeks and even owns some adopted animals of her own.
What exactly is Best Friends Animal Society and how did you first get involved?
Best Friends Animal Society is an organization with the largest no-kill animal sanctuary for companion animals. The goal of Best Friends is to eliminate killing in shelters and find homes for all homeless pets. They have adoption centers around the country. They also hold walks and super adoption events in cities across the country. The sanctuary is actually in Kanab, UT, so about five hours outside of Salt Lake City. I’ve never been there, but I volunteer at the Pet Adoption Center in Salt Lake City! I first got involved because of my passion for animals by volunteering at a super adoption event. Since then, I’ve been volunteering with the cats at the Pet Adoption Center.
What’s your favorite part about the organization?
My favorite part of the organization is that they aim big. Their goal is to stop killing in shelters and find homes for all pets. They put in huge amounts of effort to make it happen, and even in the past few years, I can see the results of the strides they’ve taken.
How often do you volunteer?
I volunteer once every couple weeks. I used to go in at least once a week, but I’ve been busy trying to graduate this year!
What are your tasks when you volunteer?
When I volunteer with the cats, I get to do a variety of things. I feed them, I take care of their litter boxes, and I bring the cats out of the towers to give them active time and play.
Do you have any pets of your own?
I have a kitten named Schmidt. I live alone and he keeps me company. He follows me everywhere I go and loves attention. He’s pretty much my best friend. Not to mention, he gives the best cuddles when it’s bed time! I also have two beautiful cats back in Minnesota named Wilson and Shadow, who I helped pick out when we adopted them!
Tell me anything else you’d like me or our readers to know about BFAS!
If you’re interested in helping Best Friends Animal Society with their mission check out their website at bestfriends.org. They hold events in places that they don’t have adoptions centers at, so check to see if you have any in your area! If you haven’t heard of Amazon Smile, it donates proceeds from your purchases to a charity of your choice. I always purchase through Amazon Smile to donate to BFAS.