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Student Spotlight: Ziyong Lin

Ziyong studies aging, specifically age related changes in human cognition, a field she’s been interested from a young age. “I grew up in China with my grandparents, and living in an Asian community where there is a positive association with aging made me very interested in aging and cognition changes.” When she came to the U.S. for her undergraduate work in 2008, she quickly discovered a different purview on aging from her fellow undergrads here. Her research on aging began then and there.

Student Spotlight: Sophie Hunt

“I remember college being a life changing time, so I’m excited to teach at a college and give other students the same experience. My experiences drew me to humanities and social science classes because they made me think in new ways about my place in my country and the world. I want to help others think through these questions,” says Sophie.

Sophie studies Native American and Indigenous history in the United States and Mexico. Before coming to U-M, she spent a meaningful year volunteering in Mexico in a home for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children, where she mentored older kids and worked in the development office translating documents. She accedes, “If grad school is hard, that was equally, if not more difficult.”

Student Spotlight: Michael Parmelee

Michael performed in a dance company in Kalamazoo for two seasons after completing his undergraduate degree at Hope College, but it wasn’t fueling him in the ways he needed. He explains, “I felt I wasn’t satisfying my artistic desire and hunger.” Coming to U-M fixed that. “When I came here, the first semester was largely about asking questions of my own work, and I always felt performing was really important to how I understand myself in the world. Acts of performance have something to do with the kind of person I am.”