Michelle grew up as a Brickie in Hobart, Indiana and graduated from Hobart High School. She then moved to Indianapolis and graduated from Butler University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
During her time at Butler, she played on the women’s club volleyball team for three years and was very involved at the Health & Recreation Complex as an intramural sports official, staff supervisor, and sport clinician for both volleyball and basketball. She also participated in the Cognitive Psychology Research Lab as a student researcher for six semesters and conducted her own independent research project, which focused on industrial/organizational psychology.
The summer between her junior and senior years at Butler University, Michelle had an internship in the Office of Admission at Marian University, working with transfer students. Michelle believes that without pursuing this internship and maintaining a relationship with her mentor years later that she would not be working here as an undergraduate admission counselor today. She now serve as the main point of contact for prospective students from Northeast Indiana and Michigan who want to apply and enroll at Marian University. Her favorite part of Marian is the almost instant community you form either by working or going to school here.
"My best advice for high school students starting their college search process is to visit a diverse group of schools and do your research ahead of time. Many students have an idea of the career they want to pursue after graduation, but very few know the necessary steps and education required to achieve those goals. Once you start college, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get as involved as possible. Playing sports, joining clubs, and building relationships with your peers and professors will prove to be great networking opportunities and will help you make the most of your college experience.”