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Molly Kleist

I’m a sociology and criminal justice major, a pep band leader and an energy policy researcher. And I can do it all because I’m a Bluejay. This is a formative place for transformative people.

Sociology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

Between the activities I’m involved in, and the relationships I’ve forged with professors, I’ve found my community at Creighton. I’m the president of the student-led pep band, and that’s helped me form close friendships and build leadership skills. I found a passion for sociology along the way, too. I chose it as my major after taking an intro course my freshman year.

I liked the content, and the professors in the department were very supportive. They’ve offered me great advice throughout my time here, and I even started working on a research project with one of them in the summer of 2021. The project explores the energy policy planning network in corporate America. We’re looking at boards of directors in the network to see if and how they change through different presidential administrations. I’ve been gathering data and using software to put that data into network maps to show overlaps and connections.

Throughout my research experience I learned how to work with my peers and professors in a new academic setting and how to use the people around me to advance my research. Sometimes research takes you in a direction you didn’t plan on going, but it ends up being a better direction. I plan on using the skills that I honed, such as leadership, data analysis, public speaking and academic writing, as I pursue a career in human resources.

These are just some of the ways Creighton has helped me grow and change for the better.


We have a tight-knit community here, where professors and classmates help you build skills and find opportunities.
— Molly Kleist | Sociology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences