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.