In the words of her Wainuiomata High School Dean, "Michela is a really positive student and this comes through in all her interactions with people. She is a passionate young woman and a loyal student who is always willing to support her peers."
When she was younger, Michela moved house with her family many times and learned resilience, adapting to new environments constantly. She has used this character trait and applied it to her learning.
Watching her mum attend tuition classes as an adult student showed Michela that anything is possible.Michela will be the first in her family to go to university.