Emmanuel College is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program.
During her time at Emmanuel, Michelle Church has aimed to be well-rounded—in her academics, in her co-curricular activities and in her approach to finding the right fit for her career aspirations.
A four-year volleyball player in high school, Michelle found her first Emmanuel family on the court. “I learned a lot about life playing volleyball at Emmanuel,” says the Saints defensive specialist, who made the GNAC Academic All-Conference team during her junior year. “It’s where I found my EC first family, and they taught me a lot about hard work and teamwork.”
While her teammates are her second family, Boston is her second home. A housing assistant in the Office of Residence Life, Michelle resides on campus over the summer, serving as a full-time campus ambassador and resource for the College’s summer residents and guests. “I’ve loved staying in Boston,” she says. “It made it feel like my town. I explored as much as I could.” During the academic year, she works as an office assistant, providing administrative support and service to the staff and residents of Emmanuel’s 18-story, apartment-style residence hall.
As a research trainee in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, she gained both hands-on experience and a deepened knowledge of neuroscience through reviewing literature, participating in lab meetings, attending scanning sessions and practicing how to design an experiment and present research findings.
Michelle came to Emmanuel interested in both biology and psychology and found the ideal interdisciplinary curriculum within the neuroscience program. “I am really interested in the brain-body connection,” she says.
To help discover her potential career path, Michelle gained both research- and clinical-oriented internships in some of Boston’s leading hospitals.
Michelle’s twin sister, Carly, is also a Saint—they have playing alongside one other on the volleyball team for the past four years.
But as a self-described “people person,” Michelle most enjoys working in a clinical environment, where it’s “fast-paced and hands-on.” As a current intern in radiology administration at Tufts Medical Center, Michelle observes imaging scans across departments, completes quality assurance reports for the department and attends wide-ranging “grand rounds” lectures.
Since graduation, Michelle has worked as a clinical systems support analyst in anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital. She plans to continue to her career in health care, particularly in promoting health and wellness for all.