Woman of the Week (WoW): Michaela Wood


Jackson Giammattei, Staff Writer

Nominated By: Sarah Wright

Nomination: Michaela is an all-around good person. She’s the kind of person you can talk to about emergency situations at any hour of the day. She has really stepped up in Res Life this year to take on the challenge of maintaining Davi-Web as well as working on her thesis and maintaining friendships. I don’t know of anyone more deserving of Woman of the Week than Michaela. I will be sad to see her graduate this spring but I know she will go off to do great and important things in her life, no question.

What are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about promoting empathy and interacting with others. I pride myself on being a passionate person who deeply cares about others and continues to help foster opportunities for honest conversation. I love supporting others and helping those that I love, and even strangers, work towards becoming their best selves—which is why I am pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology. I am incredibly passionate about human interaction and studying language and culture. I’m also very passionate about binging tv shows and reading new books 🙂

Who do you look up to?

My mom is my role model. As a single mother and a teacher for Boston Public Schools, I have seen such resiliency, empathy, and cunning that I have never seen from another person. She has taught me the importance of perspective and the importance of family.

What does being a woman at Union mean to you?

Being a woman at Union is being an empathetic leader and being a member of the world’s future leaders. For me, this includes uplifting all people, offering my love and support to others, learning and unlearning to be a better woman (and human), and continuing to educate myself on how to be a better ally. Overall being a woman at Union means acknowledging our imperfections but persisting in breaking glass ceilings everywhere.