Meet Michelle Chow-Liu

Headshot of Michelle Chow-LiuMichelle Chow-Liu
Head of High School Counseling | High School Counselor
Western Academy of Beijing (China)

What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
When I was younger, I struggled with figuring out what I wanted in life, and so I surrounded myself with different individuals who I looked up to and who became my mentors. I experienced the importance of having someone on my side, giving impartial feedback because they looked out for me.

What is your favorite part of the job?
My response will be cheesy and cliché—but my favorite part of the job is working with the students AND their parents during the college application process. I believe college admission counseling is a team effort, and helping students navigate this part of their life is so special. It’s such an honor that parents trust us, their children’s counselors, in guiding their children’s future aspirations.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC is helpful to us (me!) in this profession because it guides us in situations that we might be unclear about—it provides counselors with a standard of excellence to work within. I have enjoyed working alongside NACAC in my role as vice president for membership within International ACAC. NACAC has helped give me a bigger picture of what we are doing and, more importantly, is helpful in advocating for international students.  

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today? 
Before COVID-19 happened, we were “stuck” in this profession, especially in how we did things and worked. Our biggest challenge was to get out of our complacency.

The (small) silver lining of this pandemic is that we had to relearn how we do our job, connect, and move forward. I feel the relearning pushed us to challenge our thinking patterns and to reimagine our profession differently.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I love to BAKE with my girls and watch baking and cooking shows. I also love family brunches and go to KTV (karaoke) with my girls to sing our hearts out!

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Easy—a Disney princess who gets to be the hero—Mulan—so I can kick some butts. 😛 I think it’s important for my girls to know they can do whatever they set their minds to.

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