Counseling graduate racks up recognitions

November 30, 2010

Bradley University has a rich tradition of producing outstanding graduates.

Becky Earhart Michel is no exception to this rule.

Currently working toward a Ph.D. at Old Dominion University, Michel has received countless honors and recognitions for outstanding work in her field. The most recent of which is being selected for the 2010-2011 Doctoral Mentor of the Year award within the Counseling Department at ODU.

While completing her undergraduate degree in business administration at Bradley, Michel worked both as a residential advisor and a hall director.

“These positions fostered my ability to balance a number of responsibilities at once,” said Michel. “I also realized my passion for advising and counseling others, which helped me choose the counseling profession for my graduate education.”

Michel says the Master’s in Counseling program at Bradley provided her with an education that laid the foundation for her success as a professional counselor.

Michel worked with Dr. Nancy Sherman and Dr. Chris Rybak to complete her graduate work. In that time she maintained two clinical counseling internships, performed important research and presented at professional conferences.

“These opportunities set me apart from others and allowed me to secure a great job after graduation and eventually helped me gain admission into a prestigious doctorate program in counselor education,” she said.

Through her internships, Michel was able to gain valuable experience. She worked as a counseling intern at a Peoria middle school. After graduating from Bradley, Michel began working as a counselor in the youth services department of the Human Service Center (also called Fayette Companies).

Michel coordinated a program within the Peoria public school system that helped students struggling with the same issues she had witnessed during her internship. Students involved in the program received counseling and education that helped them to stay drug-free.

“It was very rewarding to work with middle and high school students and support them to make good choices and stay in school,” said Michel.

Michel says her mentors and professors “have helped shape the person I am today. As a future college professor, I hope to live up to the high standards they set and instill passion in the next generation of students.”