Michelle Mirabella is the Housefellow for Boss House, McGill House, Welch House, and Henderson House. She also serves as the Coordinator of Community Standards and the Integrity-Process Advisor for the university’s Disciplinary Committee. A Carnegie Mellon alumna, Michelle graduated in 2010 with an undergraduate degree in professional writing and a music minor. She earned her master’s in higher education administration and student affairs from New York University.
She’s excited to back at her alma mater working within a community that helped shape her as the person she is today. Let’s learn more about Michelle!
How did you come to join CMU?
I applied to Carnegie Mellon for my undergraduate and was accepted in spring of 2006. I graduated four years later and then worked as the Acting Housefellow for Boss and McGill for a year after graduation. After five years working at other institutions – both domestically and abroad – I’m excited to be back!
What’s awesome about the Welch, Henderson, Boss, and McGill communities?
Welch, Henderson, Boss, and McGill come together to form the WaHBaMily. All four houses are intimate in size and engender a sense of family. Welch House is a quiet living space, Henderson House is wellness focused, Boss House is globally themed, and McGill House is an all-women’s residence. All four houses are mixed class. As a cohesive WaHBaMily community, we can delve deeply into topics germane to our house identities while sharing a residential experience.
What makes you most excited about being at CMU?
The students. Students at Carnegie Mellon are uniquely passionate and pointedly interdisciplinary in their approach to challenges.
What is an important life lesson you have learned from a student or students?
The beauty of intentional gratitude; I have seen this exemplified by RAs and CAs throughout my time as both a student and professional at Carnegie Mellon. This concept goes further than supporting one another, than appreciating one another. It is genuine gratitude for someone that allows you to support and appreciate them in return. This strikes a special place in my heart.
Outside of work, what are your hobbies/interests? What are you passionate about?
Language and language learning. I speak Spanish as my second language and dabble in Portuguese and Italian. I have also taught English as a foreign language. I am fascinated by the language learning process and how language shapes our experiences as we move through the world.
All-time favorite book.
I don’t do favorites unless you ask me my favorite number.
If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My paternal grandmother when she was 26 years old. I’d love to have had the chance to talk with my grandmother before she was a Mirabella.
You’re stranded on a desert island – what three things would you love to have with you?
A water desalinator, a huge box of flares, a journal/pen combo to document.