Motivation Monday: Michelle


Tufts University | 2018

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Currently: Senior at Tufts, and I work in the Tufts Office of Undergraduate Education
Self-described: Easygoing, passionate, hardworking
Enjoys: Playing guitar and violin, drawing, watching movies, and/or spending quality time with my dog!

Don’t focus on the mistakes you’ve made but rather what you can learn from them!

Tell us about yourself!

I’m a senior at Tufts majoring in biology. I was born and raised in Boston. My parents are Chinese immigrants, and I’m both a first-generation and limited-income college student. I have a younger brother who attends Boston University and a very cute, old, beagle named Charlie. I love animals and my dream is to work with them.


Greatest source of inspiration

My parents sacrificed a lot to raise my brother and I in this country, and I feel obligated to compensate for their hard work by doing well academically and getting my degree.


Greatest source of support

Many of my friends that I’ve met in college are incredibly intelligent, talented, and hardworking. They push me to become a better student and person every day. The professors and faculty at my university have also been amazing in guiding me throughout my years at Tufts.

Coffee all the way!

Dog or cat?

PC or Mac?

Early bird or night owl?
Night Owl

Cake or pie?

College / University
Tufts University

Major / Minor

Years Attended

Grad Year


Favorite thing

The friends and professors/faculty I’ve met!


Least favorite thing

The academic stress/pressure.


Study habits

I tend to study mostly at night. Depending on the type of work I need to do, I sometimes prefer an environment with ambient noise whereas other times I need complete silence in order to focus.


Tell us about a challenge you faced. How did you overcome it?

The first time I took Chemistry I, I had to withdraw since I performed so poorly on the first few tests. I took it again the following year and totally changed the way I worked and studied for the class. I studied with peers, planned out my time more efficiently, and sought out additional tutoring when needed.


How did you find your sense of belonging?

I found my first real home at Tufts in my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, during my freshman year. I really bonded with my sisters and made some incredible friendships. Everyone has always made me feel welcome and supported.


What campus resources do you use?

I’ll schedule appointments with a private tutor through the Academic Resource Center if I have questions on class material. I’ll meet with a Writing Fellow if I need feedback on my essays. Now that I’m a senior, I have also been going to the Career Center a lot for resume critiques and general job search advice.


What advice would you give to your freshman-year self?

Plan and use your time wisely! Also, be open to new experiences, advice, and constructive criticism. Most importantly, never be afraid to ask for help.


What's your secret for time management and productivity?

I use Google Calendar and a daily planner to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and commitments. When I need to be productive, I turn off my cell phone and play some motivational music.


How do you de-stress?

Hanging out with my friends!


How do you stay motivated?

I remind myself that I’ve worked way too hard to get to where I am to just give up now.


Future goals?

I would like to get involved in general biological research after graduation. Eventually, I want to commit myself to research that would benefit animals.


Final thoughts?

Don’t focus on the mistakes you’ve made but rather what you can learn from them!

I could use some help with...

Connecting with someone involved in zoological research

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