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Michaela Bileau ’04


Michaela Bileau ’04

michaelabilaeu.jpgMichaela Bileau ’04 (Woonsocket High School) graduated from Rhode Island College with a double major in Psychology, Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies in 2008. Michaela is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, studying Clinical Psychology with a focus on Behavior. She is employed as a graduate assistant at UMass Dartmouth, where she works with students who have learning disabilities as well as in the department of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution. She is also employed part time as a Milieu Therapist for Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island, where she works with children diagnosed with autism, an assignment she finds both challenging and rewarding.

“I must pay gratitude to Christine Banks, the Crusade Advisor at Woonsocket High School, who gave me the opportunity to get involved,” says Michaela. “I participated in a mentoring program where I met extremely interesting people and learned a great deal, not only regarding effective communication with others, but I gained a genuine appreciation for the rewards and benefits of a mentoring program. The rewarding feeling I gained through my experience as a Crusader encouraged me to get involved in similar programs in my community and to participate in college groups,” she adds.

During her undergraduate years, Michaela took on leadership roles as an officer for the Rhode Island College Psychological Society and for RIC’s local chapter of Psi Chi, the national Honor Society in Psychology. She believes in getting involved. “I participated in research conferences, joined with community members to support food and clothing drives, and provided academic support to fellow psychology students,” she says. “I left Rhode Island College with invaluable experiences and lifelong friendships.”

Michaela is an active soccer player. She is also currently a member of the UMass Dartmouth Campus Alcohol Committee, which aims to better understand the challenges of alcohol abuse and underage consumption. “It is important to me to contribute to initiatives that help students become responsible members of our community,” she says.

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