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Mollie Breen


Mollie Breen

My name is Mollie Breen and I am from Falls Church, Virginia. Living just 10 minutes outside of the city, I have enjoyed discovering farmer's markets, trying new restaurants, revisiting favorite museums, walking through national parks, and running between the monuments. Many of these activities I have the opportunity to share with my family. I am blessed with an identical twin sister who challenges me to be the best version of myself, fraternal twin brothers who remind me not to take life too seriously, an older sister who advises me on what’s ahead, and two loving parents who exemplify how to put others before yourself.
A general theme throughout my college career is the importance of devoting time to academic, physical, and social endeavors. I am a Computer Science and Mathematics double major. I love these subjects; and moreover, I love creatively solving a problem in one field with the tools of the other. For example, I love engineering a system that implements algorithms which optimize speed, data storage, or other functionality; or, resolving a mathematical equation instantly through the use of numerous trials on a computer. After graduation, I would love my hard work in these subjects to lead me to a career in intelligence and national security. When not in the classroom, you will often find me working in these fields, whether that is tutoring students in Calculus, working as a teaching assistant in Probability, or studying material for my Honor's thesis on Community Detection Algorithms.
In addition, I enjoy being active and have continued my love for running through the Duke Club Cross Country team as well as coaching elementary school girls in Girls on the Run, a running and health based program. Since learning to golf on the Old Course during my semester abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland, I continue to improve through weekly lessons on the Washington Duke Course. While abroad, I also began practicing yoga, and regularly take breaks while reading to invert my blood flow with handstands.
It is very important to me to pursue meaningful relationships with others. On any given day, you may find me enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend, attending a bible study or large group meeting with CRU, a sorority dance, or a Baldwin event.
Needless to say, Baldwin is one of the most important opportunities for me at Duke in the ways that in encompasses intellectual and mental growth. I am so thankful for the people I have met, the lessons learned and the memories made. Thank you all for your support!