When one door closes, another opens! Michelle Young was officially announced as the season 18 Bachelorette after competing on Matt James‘ season of The Bachelor. The 27-year-old Minnesota native was the leading man’s runner-up and while they had a strong connection, she still has a lot of love to give! First up will be season 17 Bachelorette Katie Thurston, but fans can expect to see Michelle on the hit ABC series come fall 2021. To learn more about her, including her job and franchise history, keep reading. 

Michelle Young is a teacher:

According to her official biography, Michelle is an elementary school teacher who “focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders.” She is also “admittedly an overworker.”

Michelle Young is a former athlete:

The proud educator was a Division I basketball player, which is the most competitive level of the sport at universities. Though it seems Michelle no longer plays regularly, we wouldn’t be surprised if she and some of her upcoming contestants bond over their love of the game!

Get to Know Season 18 Bachelorette Michelle Young: Job, Hometown, Franchise History and More
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Michelle Young has varied interests:

“When Michelle’s not working, she loves to spend time with friends hiking and wine tasting,” her biography reads. The fan favorite is “very adventurous in life and in appetite” and says that “all of her favorite restaurants are local food trucks.”

Michelle Young knows her love language:

She “describes herself as loyal, compassionate and supportive” as a partner. Michelle also enjoys “[showing] love through acts of service.”

Michelle Young knows what she wants:

Initially, she decided to join The Bachelor “because she is ready to find love and a man with whom to start a family.” As far as her dream man goes, he is “confident but not cocky and will look at her as his equal in all things.” Here’s hoping her contestants meet all of her expectations!

“Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place,” her biography states. “She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman.”