Liz Huang ’17
Name: Liz Huang ’17
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.
Campus involvement: I am the editor-in-chief of the Mount Holyoke News, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. I started out as a writer my first year and have also served as a section editor and managing editor of content. My job is to oversee the content and publication of the paper, as well as manage our 80-person staff. It’s been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done and I am so honored to work with such an incredible and dedicated staff. I’ve also served as 2017 Class Board president and vice president, been involved in student government committees and worked as an Orientation leader and Reunion worker.
Proudest accomplishment at MHC: In these last four years I’ve grown into the person I’ve always wanted to be. In high school I was never the most confident in my abilities and always had a layer of self-doubt. When I got to Mount Holyoke it was shocking to be around such confident and intelligent students who dove headfirst into the things they were passionate about. From the example of my peers, I gained the courage to run for class vice president my first and sophomore years, run for class president my junior year, and now lead the student newspaper — all things I wanted to do in high school. I’m proud to have learned to live fearlessly and I’m eternally grateful to Mount Holyoke for that.
Favorite course you thought you might not like: I took Molecular Ecology with Jason Andras thinking it would be just another class to complete my major. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed understanding how molecular principles apply to ecology as a whole. I gained a completely different way to look at and appreciate the natural world. Because of his class, I’ve also been able to appreciate scientific writing and apply and understand concepts I’ve learned in my other biology and chemistry classes.
Best takeaway from internship or research experiences: Working at a large tech firm in San Francisco, California, as a communications intern was my first time working at such a large company. I learned that in order to keep up with the fast pace of that environment it is so important to be a self-starter and be able to work well with others. The skills I’ve learned from my classes and my leadership positions at Mount Holyoke have allowed me to adapt quickly to work environments and be able to hit the ground running.
Future plans: I'll be working in communications at a tech company in San Francisco. Eventually I plan to go to graduate school for my M.B.A.