Molly Gupta – Miss India 2018

India is the largest country in the South Asia Region, located primarily in the center of South Asia, and shares International borders with Pakistan to the north-west, China and Nepal to the north, Bhutan to the north-east, and Bangladesh and Myanmar are to the east. Sri Lanka lies to the south, Maldives to the south-west and has maritime boundary 8 Indonesia to the south-east of India in the Indian Ocean.

The Republic of India is the seventh largest country in the world by area and, with over a billion people, is second only to China in population, although its much higher birth-rate makes it likely to reach pole position in less than ten years.

It is an extremely diverse country, with vast differences in geography, climate, culture, language and ethnicity across its expanse, and prides itself on being the largest democracy on Earth and a hub of trade in Southeast Asia.

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Molly Gupta was born and raised in the United States of America, but she remains very close to her Indian roots and culture. One way she has maintained her heritage is by traveling to India every year to visit family and explore new corners of her country and what it is has to offer. In addition to traveling around India, Molly also volunteers at a school for mentally and physically challenged children teaching them life skills. She loves giving back to society both in her native land, India and her adopted home in the United States. On Sundays, Molly loves to go to the Hindu temple in South Jordan, Utah and teach young children about Indian culture and heritage and how to read and write Hindi. Molly is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree with honors in computer science and mathematics at the University of Utah. Besides being a full time student, Molly also works as a web developer at a software company. Molly is also an avid tennis and badminton player. She was the number one double player on her varsity tennis team in high school. The last couple of months for Molly have been very hard. In February 2018, she lost her paternal grandfather who was suffering with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for four years. Seeing her grandfather in pain for so long was tough on her, but losing him was the worst. That was not the end to her sadness. In January 2018, her maternal grandpa was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. He fought with all his heart but passed away in June 2018. These were the most heartbreaking moments of her life, as she lost both her grandads back to back, but she knew she had to stay strong and focus on her studies and finals. She finished her semester with excellent grades, and made her grandfathers proud. Her platform is “Empowering women in the STEM fields”. This platform means a lot to Molly because of her mother who is a successful software engineer and her role model. There was a lot of pressure on her mom to be a traditional housewife, who instead chose to pursue her passion in computer science against all the odds. This has encouraged Molly to follow her own dreams of pursuing a career in STEM. Molly realized that in STEM courses, there were very few female students which lead her to believe that girls generally feel inhabited and somehow feel social pressure to go into fields that are traditionally considered apt for females. She believes this is a lost opportunity as STEM field is missing out on some great talent. Molly is currently the president of the STEM Outreach Volunteer Program at her university. Her role is to connect students in a variety of different fields with volunteer opportunities relating to STEM. These opportunities include encouraging younger female students to not give up on their dreams and show them by her own example that they can be successful in whatever they put their heart into. Additionally, Molly is the engineering ambassador for her university. This is a great start for platform, as she is able to represent the college of engineering at her university. She is able to encourage and mentor young women in high schools by showing them that even a woman can become highly successful in the STEM field. Molly is also a member of the society of women in engineering, which is a support group for all women in the STEM fields at her university to come together and be there for one another as support in the male dominated fields. Her future goals include organizing presentations in different high schools about the wide opportunities in the STEM field for women and to show immense support women receive in these fields. She also hopes to set up activities for young girls in elementary and middle school to spark possible interests. Molly hopes to bring women to the same level as men in the STEM fields.