Career Counselor / Assistant Director (Education, Counseling, & Youth Development Community)

As a career counselor, Michelle is passionate about helping students discover their motivations, strengths, and values and applying those to their career choices. A journalist and writer by training, Michelle has transferred her editing and interviewing skills to editing resumes and conducting mock interviews. Her goal is to help students use their own transferrable skills to succeed in their career goals. 

Michelle leads the Education, Counseling, & Youth Development community, and is particularly interested in supporting students pursuing careers in those fields. She also manages the career peer educator program, a team of undergraduate students who lead career workshops, review resumes, and share career knowledge with peers throughout UVA. 

Michelle studied English and Communication at Virginia Tech and worked for a few years in the nonprofit, newspaper, and technology industries before moving on to complete her master's degree in Student Affairs at the University of Virginia. She also worked as a graduate student in the Career Center before joining the staff as a full-time career counselor in August 2014.

Education

  • University of Virginia, M.Ed. Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education
  • Virginia Tech, B.A. in English and Communication

Accomplishments

International Residential College Fellow

ReinventEd Lab Board of Advisors

Safe Space and Mental Health First Aid Trained

Certified in the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Emotional Intelligence