By Ashaya Nelson
Molly Miller, a new freshman at UConn this fall, was still deciding over the summer what to study other than journalism.
Does she want to also study environmental science or history?
Miller has been interested in history since a young age. She was “weirdly obsessed” with World War II and Hitler, and her dream is to become a writer for a magazine or newspaper.
Senior year of high school Miller wrote for her school’s newspaper. It was stressful being in charge of the newspaper, but she continues to be determined to write for a major magazine in the future.
When Miller isn’t writing, she’s singing. But you won’t catch her singing solo.
“Hate singing alone,” said Miller.
She isn’t as shy as she used to be.
Last year, she worked at a theatrical camp for children, where a 12- year-old girl motivated her. The girl was shy at the beginning of the camp, but became confident.
Asked if she helped the girl gain self-confidence, Miller said, “She helped me.”
When in the cast of Annie, the adults involved also helped Miller come out of her shell. When she needed someone to talk to, they were there for her, something she appreciated.
An obsession of Miller’s is the panda bear.
It all began when her brother brought her a panda hat. She refused to take off the hat when teachers asked her to do so, saying that wearing it was part of her religion.
A friend gave her a pillow pet for her 17th birthday, naming it “Shipanda.”
In an interview over the summer, Miller said she might bring Shipanda with her to college, but said her roommate will think it’s creepy.
Pillow pet or not, the summer found Miller ready for college.
“Looking forward to it,” she said.
But there could be one hitch: Is her father looking forward to it?
Miller is daddy’s little girl, and enjoys a good relationship with her father.