Written Senior Perspective - Michelle Xie, Women's Golf

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

The 2019 Senior Perspectives is the 14th in a series of annual collections. Senior captains and representatives of teams at Harvard have been invited to contribute viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard.

Michelle Xie
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif. 
Concentration: Molecular & Cellular Biology
House Affiliation: Lowell

My team has been like my family for me since the beginning of my college career. From rounds starting before sunrise to 36-hole days ending in the dark to sudden death qualifying playoffs the night before Ivies, my teammates have been there rooting for each other since the very start. Through the past four years, the program has certainly tested me in ways I could never have imagined and I would not have been as successful without my teammates having my back. Whether it was an occasional wave from across the fairway or positively affirming our presence before every tournament round, I know I can always count on them. One of my favorite team traditions is having one of my beaming teammates pick up my bag after the last person in my group finishes the 18th. This gesture seems small but never fails to bring a smile to my face even after the toughest and longest rounds. 

Looking back, I would not have had the same experience without my teammate and fellow senior Anna. As the only two team members in our graduating class, we were further bonded by growing up in the same hometown and playing years of junior golf. Freshman year at the Ivy Championships, Anna and I bought a drugstore box of hair dye and sat in our hotel room together dyeing our tips bright crimson while laughing at a random TV show. Despite the inherent vicissitudes of golf, knowing that there was someone else two groups in front of me on the course with the same crazy crimson tips kept me going and we were able to secure the championships that year.

Graduating sometimes does not feel imminent, made apparent when my teammates and I slip and make team plans for the next fall and future years. Our program is comprised of incredibly talented individuals, and I wish them all the future success and many years of crimson tips.

The opportunity to play a game I love while representing my college is once in a lifetime. Beyond the every day ability to play at the best courses in the area, the program has provided a network that I feel privileged to be a part of. Thank you to Fred, coaches, and the Friends of Harvard Golf family for making this and every related opportunity made available to me.