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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Xiong

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Xiong
Born last but not least, Michelle Xiong is the youngest of 10 and grew up to become a college student body president. Her big family ties have translated over to her love for cooking and sharing meals with everyone. She loves reading, writing and much more; check out this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff to find out what thrill-seeking experiences she enjoys!

1. The more, the merrier!
Michelle comes from a BIG family. She is the youngest of 10. Her family keeps her busy and entertained.

2. Presidential college government experience
Michelle obtained both her bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public administration from CSU East Bay, but it was during her undergraduate years that she was elected student body president. Through this experience, she learned that she wanted to work in higher education.

3. Books, pen, and paper!
Michelle loves to read and write. She is currently reading Rupi Kaur’s, “The Sun and Her Flowers.”

4. A Do-It-Yourself type of person
She enjoys DIY projects. Her current projects are card making and hand lettering.

5. Potluck? Yes, please!
Michelle enjoys cooking and sharing meals. Her favorite dishes to cook are Hmong and Lao.  She loves sharing her meals with others because it reminds her of home: eating with a large family.

6. Lucky dog mom!
She spends a lot of time with her toy poodle, Lucky. He is very active and enjoys hiking with her and trips to Dog Beach.

7. A thrill-seeker 
Michelle loves amusement parks and rollercoasters.

How Michelle is making a difference in the College of Education:
“I am currently the Liberal Studies advisor and I love helping students from diverse backgrounds work towards their academic goals.  I believe that it’s important to take on a proactive approach in advising to promote retention and develop strong advisee-advisor relationships.  It is my goal that students leave the office feeling supported and empowered to become future educators.”