North Central College - Naperville, IL
Psychology major, Conflict Resolution minor

As a North Central student, Michelle has frequently been treated like a professional. A psychology major and conflict resolution minor, she has conducted extensive research with professors and was part of two search committees that interviewed candidates for openings in the psychology department and the library.

“We took the candidates out to dinner, which turned out to be one of the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had,” she says. “I learned how to act at a professional dinner and developed closer connections to professors I’ve never had class with. That, to me, is priceless.”

Along with faculty members, Michelle spent countless hours studying the effects of caffeine on humans. Her research ultimately led to a presentation at the Midwest Psychological Association Conference in Chicago.

“I came here as a timid little freshman who kept to herself. Because of the faculty here, I’ve blossomed—I’m really making my voice heard.”