Michelle Li ’22
- MAJOR: Physics
- COLLEGE: NYU
- BORN: Manhattan
- PARENTS BORN: China
Claim to fame: Senior class president. Organized and co-hosted first school virtual talent show during the pandemic: “It reached more people than it would have in person.”
Tech gave me: The Alumni Foundation’s Con Edison internship program: “We went to an LNG plant, a testing lab and a steam plant. I got to play the part of being an engineer. I worked on something that powers New York City!”
Really good at: Physics and astronomy. Fascinated by it since age five, when she watched Stephen Hawking videos about black holes: “I don’t know how as a five year old I did that.”
College plan: “Black holes, white holes, dark matter…so much is unexplained. I could be one of the people who help explain it.”
For fun: Swimming, volleyball.
The Centennial: “I believe that my peers and I are in this class for a reason. Being the Centennial class has a different meaning to every person, and I believe it is a reminder that we are the next generation of greatness.”
Memorable experience: As senior class president, Michelle was called upon at last June’s commencement ceremony to introduce and welcome the day’s surprise keynote speaker: President Bill Clinton. Neither she nor any of the several thousand graduates, guests and faculty knew until that morning that the former president would be present.
I believe that my peers and I are in this class for a reason. Being the Centennial class has a different meaning to every person, and I believe it is a reminder that we are the next generation of greatness.
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