Michelle Mariel C. Mariposa (WAG:1.1650)
BA Psychology, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Michelle, or simply MM, dreams of helping the country by becoming a music cognition researcher and a music therapist, since Filipinos are a very musical people and music itself has been found to have numerous healing and therapeutic functions. With that goal, her next step is to pursue a degree in music at the University as a way to merge the two fields she loves: psychology and music.
A generally a happy-go-lucky person, Michelle loves adventure and people. She looks at the bright side of things and strives to be a positive change in any way that she can. She said before entering UP, her positivity was centered only around herself and the things she cared about–family, friends, God, studies. Entering UP changed all that. “I saw a world beyond myself, far bigger than the small world I created back then. I realized the gravity of the responsibility of being an “Iskolar ng Bayan,” the higher calling to love and serve the country with whatever skills and knowledge UP equipped me. Now that I am about to start a new phase in my life, I can say that I enter it with a renewed awareness of and love for my country and for my fellow countrymen. Indeed, UP has been integral to my journey of growth and self-discovery, and someday, I hope to look back with a smile on my face knowing that I have done my part as an Iskolar ng Bayan.”